The newly renamed republic of North Macedonia has a presidential election on 21 April. The country’s government is dependent on the parliamentary elections which take place on a different timetable. The President’s role is mostly ceremonial but it has some political importance, as demonstrated last year when the current President Gjorge Ivanov expressed reluctance about the country’s name change agreement with Greece.
Ivanov was first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2014. He will step down at these elections because the constitution only allows two successive presidential terms.