btrajkovski.jpgBoris Trajkovski, the president of Macedonia, died on Feb. 26 in a plane crash. He was 47.
An ordained Methodist minister, Trajkovski studied theology in the United States and gave up Communism. He earned a law degree from St. Cyril and Methodius University then specialized in commercial and employment law. He spent 17 years as the head of the legal department of construction company Sloboda before he dedicated his life to public service.
Trajkovski worked as chief-of-office in the Skopje government administration for two years until he was appointed deputy foreign minister of Macedonia. Elected president in 1999, Trajkovski was credited with uniting his ethnically divided country. He pledged to lead Macedonia towards membership in the European Union and NATO, and was only days away from signing the formal EU application.
Trajkovski was en route to an international investment conference when his plane crashed 50 miles south of Sarajevo. Six other officials and two pilots also died. The Parliament speaker, Ljubco Jordanovski, will serve as acting president until the next election.