|President of Ceresnia|
Assumed office |
26 January 2018
Jan Bukovič (Acting)
|Member of the Esquarian Parliament|
1 January 2014 – 20 January 2018
|Member of the House of Representatives|
15 December 2010 – 1 January 2014
|Minister of Interior and Administration|
6 January 2010 – 3 March 2010
|Preceded by||Petr Ostrak|
|Succeeded by||Ivan Uklejevič|
|Mayor of Gralov|
12 May 2005 – 12 May 2009
|Preceded by||Aleksander Vorogov|
|Succeeded by||Andrej Pribojski|
|Born|| Jozef Aleksander Golovič|
7 April 1961
|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|
President of Ceresnia
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 Minister of Interior and Administration in 2010 and Mayor of Gralov from 2005 to 2009.
Born in 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Political career
- 3 Domestic policies
- 4 Foreign policy
- 5 Electoral history
- 6 Public image
- 7 Personal life
- 8 Honours
- 9 Ancestry
Golovič was born in the city of 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.
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 January 2010, Golovič briefly served as the Minister of Interior and Administration of Ceresnia after a crisis involving the previous cabinet.
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.
Economic and industrial policies
Human rights policy
Relations with Borean countries
Ceresnia had strained relations with some neighbouring countries such as Razaria due to nuclear tensions after Pavel Perak installed an anti-ballistic missile system in 2017, prompting Razaria to carry out missile tests and military excersies. Golovič has called for a renewal of warm Ceresnian-Razarian relations following the impeachment of Perak which itself was justified, among the main reasons related to electoral fraud, also by these tensions, on multiple occasions throughout his campaign and presidency.
The neighbouring country of Refidian continues to rely on Ceresnia as a source of gas and oil deposits located in Western Ceresnia and transported into Refidian via a minor pipeline. This makes warm relations with Ceresnia key to Refidian and Golovič acknowledged this on a state visit to Refidian, stating that Ceresnia mutually relies on Refidian.
President of Sataria Nikola Banić criticised Golovič in February 2018 after he failed to comment on his stances concerning the Ceresnian Borderland Republic, a separatist state in Sataria which is located in an ethnically Ceresnian region and claims allegiance to Ceresnia. After Golovič failed to release a statement, relations with Sataria deteriorated. On 24 February 2018 Golovič released a statement in which he states that the Borderland Republic is an ethnically Ceresnian land, however the statement was criticised as 'vague' and 'departing from the subject'.
Relations with several Borean countries such as Aucuria have improved following international trips made by Golovič, and during Golovič's trip to the 2018 West Borean Summit in Kalnaspilis, Aucurian President Pantaleimonas Uspelevičius expressed his support for Golovič in his "latest pursuit to mend Ceresnia's international relations".
Relations with Luziyca
Golovič has stated that Luziyca remains "the largest and most important partner for Ceresnia both in the political and economic fields". Both countries are member states of supranational organisations such as the International League and the Esquarian Community.
Since Golovič was elected president, the two states have co-operated increasingly and Golovič went on an international trip to the Esquarian Economic Forum in February 2018 where he met with Luziycan President Damir Agapov, with whom he discussed the future of the two countries' relations. He also discussed trade issues, for which he received the President's "E" Award from the Department of Finance of Luziyca.
Golovič has said that he "aims to undermine any diplomatic tensions between Luziyca and Ceresnia which might have arose during the tenure in which Pavel Perak was president", specifically referencing a negative Luziycan response to Perak's anti-ballistic missile activities against Razaria. He also stated that "any past problems should be disregarded" and that the "future mutual course and fate of the two states should be encouraged".
Golovič is married to Ludmiła Maširova, the daughter of a prominent Ceresnian humanitarian worker and philanthropist, Gregor Maširov, 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.
- Ceresnia: Order of the Star of Ceresnia (ex officio)
- Ceresnia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Gold Lion (ex officio)
- Luziyca: Department of Finance President's "E" Award
|Ancestors of Jozef Golovič|
|Minister of Interior and Administration
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|President of Ceresnia