Who is Ljubčo Georgievski?
Ljubco Georgievski is a Macedonian politician who served as the 3rd Primie Minister of Macedonia. He is a key figure in shaping the history of the current Republic of Macedonia. He was a student of literature and got involved in politics at an early age. Early on, he helped establish a revolutionary political group whose fundamental belief was that Macedonia should be an independent state. He carried this goal throughout his career, eventually serving a critical part in transitioning the country from Yugoslavian rule to its current independent status. He has played several leading roles in the government including Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia as well as president of his political party for many years. His views are right-wing and firmly against communism and the old regime. No stranger to controversy, he has been involved in several public disagreements with opposing political parties and subject to accusations of disloyalty. He has also been challenged by terrorism and conflicts happening within in his country but has helped take steps towards solving them. He currently holds Macedonian and Bulgarian citizenships.
Childhood & Early Life
He was born on January 17, 1966 in the County of Stip, Republic of Macedonia, which was a part of Yugoslavia at the time. Not much is known about his childhood.
He is a graduate of the University of Skopje with a degree in comparative literature.
In his twenties, he became a major force for establishing Macedonian independence, helping create and lead the Movement for All-Macedonian Action organization.
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In 1990, he presided over the establishment of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization - Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity which was the only political party that stood for the independence of his country at the time. It won the largest number of seats in the 1990 Macedonian Assembly but, because of conflict with the opposing parties, it failed to form a new government.
In 1991, he was appointed as the Vice President. With the support of the people, he helped lead the Republic of Macedonia to declare independence and pass a Constitution. He stepped down from this position when divergent interests between himself and the President were revealed. He remained active against the communist forces in the legislation.
He was elected by Parliament to serve as the third Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia in 1998 and served until 2002, unseating Branko Crvenkovski. During that time, he brought about significant economic reforms including consumer taxes and a pension system. He also signed a Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union.
In 2001, he helped end the Albanian-Macedonian Conflict with Albanian nationalists and Macedonian armed forces when he signed the Ohrid Agreement.
He lost his rebid for Prime Minister in the 2002 election to Branko Crvenkovski who had already served as Prime Minister prior to 1998.
In 2003, he joined the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization - People's Party.
As a literature scholar, he has delved into creative writing and published two books of poetry, 'Apocalypse' and 'City,' and one book of short stories, 'Direct Interventions with Short Stories into the Anatomic Structure of History.'
In 2007, he published the book 'Facing the Truth' which communicated his views on the history of Macedonia and its current identity.
He published his autobiography 'It's Me' in 2012 which accounts several behind-the-scene events that happened during his tenure in government.
Personal Life & Legacy
He is married to Snezana Georgievska and has one child with her.
He is staunchly conservative and anti-Communist and, with these views, has helped revolutionize the government of the Republic of Macedonia.
The Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization - Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity was established by him and stood for the independence of Macedonia.
He was involved in several controversies including accusations of corruption. He has had several public disagreements with opposing parties and politicians. He created some of these controversies through his actions including his application for Bulgarian citizenship in 2006.
He has played an influential role in managing the conflict among multiple ethnicities in his country. He has also taken a strong stance against the terrorist actions within these groups. Despite his role in leading the resolution of the Albanian-Macedonian Conflict, he was accused of favoring the opposing sides and instigating the conflict.
His economic reforms during his term as Prime Minister helped elevate the financial status of the Republic of Macedonia and its currency. A budget surplus was even achieved.
He blames himself for the missteps of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity.