Boris Trajkovski was the president and Supreme Commander of the Republic of Macedonia from 1999 to 2004, when he died in a plane crash.
Trajkovski was born into a Methodist family. His father, Kiro, who died in September 2008, was a land worker who had served in the Bulgarian Army and had been imprisoned for two years for feeding prisoners of war. Trajkovski graduated in 1980 with a degree in law from the Ss.
Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. He subsequently specialized in commercial and employment law and made several visits to the United States, where he studied theology to become a Methodist lay minister.