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Who is running for President of Macedonia?

Macedonian presidential elections

Skopje, March 19 — The seventh consecutive election for the president of Macedonia will take place on April 24, and the second round of elections on May 8, together with the parliamentary elections.


Macedonian citizens can choose between 7 candidates who have collected the required 10,000 signatures.


Unsuccessful candidates for the elections were Velo Markovski, Gospodin Poposki, Gjorgi Manaskov, Mersiha Smailovikj, Zorica Cvetkovska, Goce Ristov, Dragan Nikolovski, and Tome Nikolovski, who withdrew his candidacy.


But who are the candidates who are actually running for president?

In alphabetical order:


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Arben Taravari

Arben Taravari

European Alliance for Change (EAC) - Opposition


Taravari (1973), doctor and former Minister of Health (2017). He is currently mayor of the municipality of Gostivar.



Biljana Vankovska

Biljana Vankovska Cvetkovska

Independent, backed by The Left (Levica) - Opposition


Vankovska (1959), doctor of political science and full-time professor. She was previously a candidate in the 2014 presidential elections.




Bujar Osmani

Bujar Osmani

Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) - Ruling party


Osmani (1979), doctor, politician, current Minister of Foreign Affairs, and former Minister of Health (2008-2011). Previously, he was Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European affairs (2017-2020).



Gordana Siljanovska Davkova

Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova

Independent, backed by Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) - Opposition


Siljanovska-Davkova (1955), Ph.D. in legal sciences, a university professor, and a member of the Assembly of Macedonia. Siljanovska-Davkova was previously a Member of the Constitutional Commission of the Assembly (1990–1992) and Minister without Portfolio (1992–1994). She was also a candidate for the last presidential elections in 2019.


Maksim Dimitrievski

Maksim Dimitrievski

Za Nasha Makedonija (ZNAM) - Opposition


Dimitrievski (1975), politician and current Mayor of the Municipality of Kumanovo since 2017. He was previously President of the Council of the Municipality of Kumanovo (2012-2016) and Member of Parliament (2016-2017).



Stevcho Jakimovski

Stevcho Jakimovski

Citizen Option for Macedonia (GROM) - Opposition


Jakimovski (1960), mayor of the Municipality of Karposh. He was previously Minister of Economy (2004) and Minister of Labour and Social Policy (2004-2006).


Stevo Pendarovski

Stevo Pendarovski - incumbent

Independent, backed by Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) - Ruling party


Pendarovski (1963), Ph.D in Political Science, and incumbent president. Previously, Pendarovski was National Security Adviser (2001–2004), President of the State Election Commission (2004–2005), National Security and Foreign Policy Adviser (2005–2009) and Member of Parliament (2016–2019).

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