Three candidates will compete for the presidency of Northern Macedonia, to replace the outgoing president, Gjorgje Ivanov, who after two five-year terms could no longer apply.
The voters will go to the polls tomorrow 21 April, for the first round of elections. There will be three contending for the position of head of state: the government candidate Stevo Pendarovski, the representative of the opposition Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova and the ethnic Albanian exponent Blerim Reka.
Former national security adviser and until recently a national coordinator for NATO, he is in his second presidential attempt after defeating former president Gjorgje Ivanonv in the 2014.
Pendarovski is the candidate of the coalition currently in government and is also supported by other smaller 29 parties. He was a strong supporter of the agreement on the name with Greece, stating that this paved the way for the country to finalize its accession to NATO and led to hope that the official negotiations for EU membership will open to June.
It has made these last two strategic objectives, saying that they will carry more foreign investment forward, create more jobs, higher wages and prevent young people from leaving the country.
She is the first woman to have run for president since, in 1991, the country declared independence from Yugoslavia. Famous for her love of yoga and rock-and-roll, Siljanovska - a professor of constitutional law - initially made her way as a candidate promoted by her university.
His appointment is now supported by the main conservative opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE. His electoral campaign, instead, was based on the slogan 'Justice for Macedonia, the homeland calls'.
She was a strong opponent of the Prespa agreement with Greece, which changed the name of the country to Northern Macedonia, thus allowing the former FYROM to join NATO. Furthermore, Siljanovska has been minister from 1992 to 1994 participating in the drafting of the country's first constitution.
Professor of international law, he led the country's diplomatic mission to the European Union from the 2006 to the 2010: it is the ethnic Albanian candidate nominated by the two small Albanian opposition parties, BESA and Alleanza degli Albanesi.
As a slogan he chose 'Reka for the Republic', stating that the concept of a republic for all is the most suitable for a multi-ethnic state. He conducted an electoral campaign mainly in the largest ethnic Albanian communities.
Reka supported the agreement on the name with Greece, saying that the agreement ended a long-standing dispute by opening the country's doors to NATO and EU membership. No Albanian candidate had managed to get to the second round of elections, before him.
The first round of elections will be held on April 21. If no candidate obtains the 50% of the votes, the 5 may hold a second round with the participation of the two candidates who have received the most votes in the first round.
It will be the sixth presidential vote in the country
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