02 Jan '12, 2pm

1st president of independent Macedonia dies

1st president of independent Macedonia dies

Kiro Gligorov, the first President of The Republic of Macedonia, is seen in Struga Aug 20, 2009. Gligorov, a veteran politician that helped lead the small Balkan country into independence in the early 90s passed away at his home at the age of 94, his office said on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SKOPJE, Macedonia (AFP) - Kiro Gligorov, the architect of Macedonia's independence and its first president after the break-up of Yugoslavia, has died at the age of 94, his office said on Monday. 'Gligorov died late on Sunday at home in Skopje, in his sleep, surrounded by his family,' the head of the office, Zivko Kondev, told AFP. Once a top official of the communist Yugoslav federation, of which Macedonia was a part, Gligorov led the then Yugoslav republic to independence in September 1991. He managed to avoid for Macedonia the wars that tore apart Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and peaceful...

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