Jozef Golovič

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Jozef Golovič
President of Ceresnia
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 January 2018
Preceded by Pavel Perak
Jan Bukovič (Acting)
Member of the Esquarian Parliament
In office
1 January 2014 – 20 January 2018
Constituency Trafov
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
15 December 2010 – 1 January 2014
Constituency Gralov
Mayor of Gralov
In office
12 May 2005 – 12 May 2009
Preceded by Aleksander Vorogov
Succeeded by Andrej Pribojski
Personal details
Born Jozef Aleksander Golovič
(1961-04-07) 7 April 1961 (age 56)
Plonova, Ceresnia
Political party Ceresnian Democratic Union (1998–present)
Spouse(s) Ludmila Maširova (m. 1985)
Children Erik (b. 1991)
Petr (b. 1993)
Magdalena (b. 1995)
Alma mater Anatol Antonov University
Signature
Military service
Allegiance People's Republic of Ceresnia Ceresnia
Service/branch Ceresnian People's Land Defence
Years of service 1979–1984

Jozef Aleksander Golovič (Ceresnian pronunciation: [ˈjɔzɛf gɔˈlɔvʲit͡ʂ]; born 7 April 1961) is a Ceresnian politician who has been the President of Ceresnia since 2018. He was previously a member of the Esquarian Parliament from 2014 to 2018, and the House of Representatives of Ceresnia from 2010 to 2014. Golovič also served as the Mayor of Gralov from 2005 to 2009.

Born in Plonova, a village near Gralov, in the former People's Republic of Ceresnia, Golovič studied politics and political sciences at the Anatol Antonov University in Gralov (then known as the University of Gralov). In 1984, he applied to join the youth wing of the anti-communist opposition party, the Civic Movement, and was accepted but later left, intending to form his own political movement.

In 1990 Golovič founded the United Ceresnia political party, which disbanded in 1995. He then joined the Ceresnian Democratic Union party and ran for the office of Mayor of Gralov in 2001 but lost. In 2005, he ran again and won, serving as mayor until 2009. In 2010, Golovič was elected to become a member of the Ceresnian House of Representatives, representing the constituency of the city of Gralov, and was subsequently also elected to become a member of the Esquarian Parliament in 2014, representing the constituency of Trafov.

Golovič was the presidential candidate for the opposition Ceresnian Democratic Union party in the 2018 snap presidential election against Jan Bukovič of the Civic Movement, after the impeachment of Pavel Perak, which he won in the first round, amassing 51.5% of the vote. He was subsequently inaugurated as President of Ceresnia on 26 January 2018, succeeding his opponent who had served as acting president.

Early life

Golovič was born in Plonova, a village about 30 kilometers from Gralov. His father, František Golovič, and his mother, Marija Bemova, were both factory workers at an agricultural plant. Golovič at first attended a small, rural primary school in his village, but later a major high school, Gorislav Malanovski High School in Gralov.

He graduated from the Anatol Antonov University, which was then known as the University of Gralov due to elimination of anti-communist symbolism by the government, where he had studied politics and political sciences.

Golovič was conscripted into the military in 1979 for a years' compulsory military service, but he remained in the military and served in the Ceresnian People's Land Defence until being discharged in 1984.

Political career

1984–2001: Early political career

During the early 1980s, Golovič was still in the military but he wanted to find a career in politics. In 1984, after being discharged, Golovič applied to join the youth wing of the anti-communist opposition party, the Civic Movement. He was accepted, but subsequently left in 1986 to form his own political movement, only to be rejected by the government.

Until the fall of communism, Golovič was active as an underground press publisher. In 1990, after the communist regime in Ceresnia fell, Golovič founded the United Ceresnia political party, which was disestablished in 1995 due to divergences in members' political ideologies, brought on by the party's big tent mentality.

2001–2018: Mayor of Gralov and Member of Parliament

Golovič then joined the newly-founded Ceresnian Democratic Union party in 1998. He ran for the office of Mayor of Gralov in 2001 but lost to Aleksander Vorogov. In 2005, Golovič ran again and won the office, serving as mayor until 2009, and introducing reforms to the city's infrastructure, including introducing a new system of trolleybuses which are a popular mode of transportation in larger cities, including Gralov.

In December 2010, Golovič became a member of the Ceresnian lower house, the House of Representatives, for Gralov. He was subsequently elected to become a member of the Esquarian Parliament in 2014.

2018–present: Presidency

Golovič was declared as the candidate of the opposition Ceresnian Democratic Union party in the 2018 snap presidential election in October 2017, after the impeachment of Pavel Perak.

Golovič's major rival in the election was the Civic Movement's candidate, Jan Bukovič, who also served as President of the Senate and acting president from after Perak's removal from office until Golovič's inauguration. He won in the first round, amassing 51.5% of the vote and therefore winning outright and avoiding a second run-off election or second round of voting.

The election was held during a period of political upheaval which lasted from the impeachment of Pavel Perak until Golovič's inauguration; after Perak was removed from office, Jan Bukovič, who was also Golovič's main rival in the election, took over as acting President. Major protests took place against the corrupt Civic Movement's government, and Jozef Golovič was seen as the leader of the opposition.

Golovič was inaugurated in the House of Representatives of Ceresnia on 26 January 2018. On his first day as President, Golovič issued 10 Presidential decrees, including a lengthy decree setting goals for the Ceresnian economy and infrastructure. Others covered issues concerning education, foreign relations, and defence.

Public image

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Personal life

Golovič is married to Ludmila Maširova, the daughter of a prominent Ceresnian humanitarian worker and philanthropist, Gregor Masirovič, since 1985. They have three children; two sons, Erik (born 1991) and Petr (born 1993), and a daughter, Magdalena (born 1995), who has also went on to study politics at the University of Gralov.

Golovič is a devout member of the Apostolic Catholic Church and has financed the restoration and construction of its buildings and monasteries in Ceresnia. He he has taken part in several religious ceremonies since becoming President.

Honours