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Macedonians mourn their first president

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A young man with a portrait of the former Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov, walks in front of the funeral procession at a cemetery in Macedonia's capital Skopje, on Jan. 3, 2012. Gligorov, who narrowly survived an assassination attempt in 1995, was buried Tuesday in his family's grave in the capital of Skopje. About 100 people took part in the private, non-religious ceremony. Macedonians marked a national day of mourning Tuesday for Gligorov, their first democratically elected president who shepherded the tiny Balkan nation through a bloodless secession from the former Yugoslavia.

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