MacedoniaвЂ™s New President Gjorgje Ivanov
Gjorgje Ivanov was born on May 2, 1960, in the Macedonian town of Valandovo. In 1982, he graduated from Skopje University with a degree in law.
He then switches to the political science field. In 1994, he completes his Master's in law with a thesis on "Civil Society - New Topic, Old Contradictions". Four years later, in 1998, his doctoral dissertation is on "Democracy in Divided Societies".
In 1995, Ivanov became an Assistant Professor at the law department of Skopje University, and in 1998, he became an Associate Professor in political theory, and political philosophy.
In 1999, Ivanov became a professor of post-graduate studies at Athens University. Since 2000, he has a been a member of Council of Directors of post graduate studies in democracy and human rights of Bologna University, and a coordinator of the democracy course of Sarajevo University.
In 2001, Gjorgje Ivanov became the Director of Political Studies at Skopje University. In 2008, he became a Professor of political science, and the Chair of the Higher Education Accreditation Council of the Republic of Macedonia.
Professor Gjorgje Ivanov has taught a Master's Program in EU Institutions and Policies, a Master's Program in Political Management, and has been the director of several projects including Tempus IV ETF-JP-00442-2008 - Example of Excellence in Joint (Degree) Program Development in South-Eastern Europe.
Professor Gjorgje Ivanov's books include Civil Society, Democracy in Divided Societies: the Macedonian Model, Current Political Theories, Political Theories - Antiquity.
As the Presidential candidate of the governing VMRO-DPMNE party, in the first round of the 2009 Macedonian presidential election, Professor Georgje Ivanov received 343 374 (35,06%) votes;, second was the candidate of the Social Democrats Ljubomir Frckoski, who got 20,45% of the votes.
Professor Gjorgje Ivanov won the second round of the presidential election with 437 455 votes, the opposition candidate Ljubomir Frckoski got 252 195 votes.
Professor Gjorgje Ivanov is officially succeeding President Branko Crvenkovski on May 9, 2009, as the fourth President of the Republic of Macedonia.
Professor Gjorgje Ivanov is married with two children.
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