President of the Republic of Macedonia (1917-2012)
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Kiro Gligorov (Киро Глигоров in Macedonian, also known as Kiril Blagoev Gligorov/Кирил Благоев Глигоров) (May 3, 1917 – January 1, 2012) was the first democraticaly elected president of the Republic of Macedonia.
- We are Slavs who came to this area in the sixth century (AD)... we are not descendants of the ancient Macedonians.
- Foreign Information Service Daily Report, Eastern Europe (February 26, 1992)
- We are Macedonians but we are Slav Macedonians. That's who we are! We have no connection to Alexander the Great and his Macedonia. The ancient Macedonians no longer exist, they had disappeared from history long time ago. Our ancestors came here in the 5th and 6th century (AD).
- Toronto Star (March 15, 1992)