Mickoski: We will not dismiss Janchev or Rangelova, we are preparing for elections

Skopje, 12 October, 2018 - 13:57 (META) 

The president of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski has categorically denied the unofficial information and media reports that Vice President Mitko Janchev and President of the Union of Women, Daniela Rangelova will be dismissed at this afternoon’s session of the Executive Committee.

The leader of the opposition party told “Plusinfo” that it is speculation cooked up in the Social Democrats ‘kitchen’ and is a futile attempt to de-focus the Macedonian public from the essential problems in the country and also from the fact that the referendum was unsuccessful.

“I strongly contest that there will any kind of dismissal at any session of the Executive Committee. I have not even thought about it, nor do I plan such a thing. We are preparing for elections and we do not intend to deal with speculation from the SDSM kitchen after the failed referendum. I, as President and as a man, at no point did I think of such a thing. I have good communication with Janchev, we talked just this morning,” says Miskovski adding that it is a regular session of the Executive Committee at which the party plans to finalize preparations for upcoming early parliamentary elections.

VMRO-DPMNE to file 200 criminal charges regarding irregularities in the referendum

Skopje, 5 October, 2018 - 11:27 (META) 

Vice-President of VMRO-DPMNE, Aleksandar Nikolovski informed that the Central Committee at its last session confirmed the conclusions from the Executive Committee; the dismissal of the public prosecutor and the election of a public prosecutor on the proposal of the opposition, the establishment of an Inquiry Committee in Parliament who will investigate all irregularities in connection with the referendum and respect for the law on government and elections in order to form a Government in the Przino model with a mandate of 100 days.

“Tonight, the Central Committee came to the conclusion urgently to municipal committees to form municipal electoral headquarters that will function until the end of the presidential election. The Central Committee has analyzed in detail the irregularities in certain municipalities where over 50,000 votes were abused during the day of the referendum, ie there was filling of boxes, as well as all pressures that occurred before the referendum day and all the continuous pressures that occur after the referendum day. Almost all the presidents of municipal committees have reported that a large number of citizens who did not vote in the referendum or who have voted against, have been moved from their jobs outside the law on public administration and are being sacked from private companies”, said Nikoloski.

The party vice president said that according to observers, this was a gross and violent falsification of the will of the citizens and this resulted in an unprecedented robbery to date. Therefore, Nikoloski said, the Central Committee has come to the decision that it does not recognize the result of the referendum and considers it to be rigged.

“For these reasons, VMRO-DPMNE will file criminal charges to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the next few days, against more than 200 people. These are presidents, deputy presidents, members and deputy members of the electoral boards at polling stations in the municipalities of Struga, Centar Zupa, Kicevo, Zelino, Bogovinje, Plasnica and Saraj,” he said.

After the session of the Central Committee, Nikolovski said that VMRO-DPMNE is not fighting a battle for power and elections, but are preserving the name of Macedonia.

Zaev: VMRO-DPMNE’s requests are absolutely unacceptable

Ohrid, 4 October, 2018 - 15:22 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE’s request for a technical government with a mandate of 100 days in accordance with the Przino Agreement, for a new Public prosecutor and an Inquiry Commission for the referendum, are absolutely unacceptable, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today in Ohrid, where he is taking part in a scientific conference about Macedonia’s future economic development organized by MANU.

-There is no reason nor necessity to be discussing subjects such as these. The institutions gave their comments. To request a Commission to check whether the referendum was legal, whether it was legally carried out and similar, in conditions when SEC’s president is a member of VMRO-DPMNE, including the Administrative Court, which still has the same personnel, reveals what are the intentions with requests such as these – said Zaev.

He announced that he still holds the opinion that in the forthcoming days there will be talks with the MPs at the Parliament in a calm, normal and responsible atmosphere.

-We believe that we shall have some results by the end of the week or at the start of next. Sometime around the 10th of October is a limit when we will have to announce the public about our future steps. I hope that we shall have an opportunity to announce that the necessary two third majority has been secured – said Zaev.

According to him it shall be for the benefit of the country because Macedonia will not lose more time, but stressed that the possibility of solving this situation at snap parliamentary elections still remains even though he doesn’t want the,

Sekerinska: Work on constitutional changes will begin after referendum

Skopje, 21 September, 2018 - 14:12 (META) 

We will not have any elections or a more clear demonstration than the upcoming referendum. This message will be conveyed to the public by September 30th, therefore our message is for everyone to exercise their right and express their opinion, said Minister of Defense Radmila Sekerinska while responding to a journalist’s question whether early parliamentary elections are plan “B” after MPs from VMRO – DPMNE said they will not vote on constitutional changes.

When asked whether the constitutional amendments made by the Greek side were received by the Macedonian government through the non-paper, Sekerinska pointed out that during this tome, they are being bombarded with lies and untruths. The goal, she said, is that we should again focus on the needs of the people, rather than focusing on the needs of VMRO-DPMNE and added that if the Greek side thinks that this should be done, it would be part of the agreement.

“The lies are here to not allow us to focus on the essence. We have signed an agreement and that agreement is binding. The obligations are ours, not Greek,” said Sekerinska.

Asked whether a new leadership meeting or political dialogue was needed after the referendum, Sekerinska said that “she does not believe Macedonia needs another round of negotiations on amnesty for crime and corruption.”

Kammenos: Regardless of the referendum, the Greek people will have the last word

Thessaloniki, 12 September, 2018 - 14:22 (META) 

Whatever the outcome of the referendum, the final word on the Prespa Accord will be given to the Greek people, either in a referendum or in elections, said the coalition partner in the Greek government Panos Kammenos, repeating his positions again, but revealing his next steps after Macedonia would complete the proposed obligations.

“My first proposal to the Prime Minister will be to address the Greek people, to ask for a referendum, from the Greek people to take a position on this change of decision of the leaders of the political parties. The second option we will have is any decision or debate in parliament to be postponed after the end of the four-year term. And the third and last will be the announcement of elections,” Kammenos said at a press conference at the 83rd International Fair in Thessaloniki and added that they have no mandate from the people to give away the term Macedonia any way.

The leader of the Independent Greeks explained that it was in the neighbors’ interest to “accept Greek positions” because Greece wants to help economically, “but history can not be forged and the name Macedonia used.”

“There is no Macedonian nationality, nor does a Macedonian language exist, you speak Slavic,” said Kammenos.

Derkovski cannot remember whether he followed Jankieski’s instructions at elections

Skopje, 20 August, 2018 - 18:32 (META) 

I have participated in elections since 1994 and have always cooperated with the institutions, Janakieski can give directions, but whether I did what he said is another issue, I really do not remember, said Derkovski for Makfax following today’s hearing of the Titanic case. The courtroom heard the voice of the incumbent director of the State Election Commission in one of the bombs.

In the recorded conversation one can hear how former Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski gives instructions to Derkovski, regarding specific activities on election day. At the time Oliver Derkovski was director of MZ “Transport”

Two days before the 2011 elections, Derkovski received instructions from the former Minister of Transport and now accused, Mile Janakieski to put up posters for spoof party SDPM in order to confuse SDSM voters. The spoof party submitted lists of names similar to the names of SDSM candidates in every election to confuse voters, such as Rada Sekerova, Zoran Zasev, Igor Ivanovski and Yannis Macris.

Gruevski: I will resign and I hope it will help resolve this crisis

Skopje, 1 December, 2017 - 17:45 (META) 

No matter what the outcome of the election analysis will be, I will resign to the organs of the party, stated the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, in an interview with “Kurir”.

“The evening after the first round of elections, I clearly stated that the party leader carries the greatest responsibility. Then in a television interview, I explained that in a team which competes, whether its politics, sports, business or in any field, the biggest responsibility by definition is carried by the first person. Those who know me well and those who understand political messages well understand me. Regardless of the outcome of the election analysis, even if objectively, my guilt is small or the least, or even the smallest, however, if it is determined that I have no objective guilt over defeat, I will resign to the organs of the party”, said Gruevski.

He says this step is part of his basic principles and values. According to him, VMRO-DPMNE will organize an urgent congress, where, in addition to the adoption of the report on the election analysis, members will be elect a new president of VMRO-DPMNE.

“I thought that even then, on the evening of October 15th, but because of the actual elections, I said it with political terminology, and that’s what I mean now, and since the two rounds of the elections have passed, the emotions of the campaign calmed down, I can say it in the most directly way or not”, added Gruevski, who said that the analysis of the election will take another two weeks, and that his resignation is not related to its outcome.

Kotevski: VMRO-DPMNE will not return its mandates, even though they do not recognize the election results

Skopje, 30 October, 2017 - 18:09 (META) 

After yesterday’s speech by party leader Nikola Gruevski, where he declared the elections as irregular and said that he does not recognize them, today VMRO-DPMNE told “Meta” that this does not mean that the mandates and seats they won will be returned, because that “would only help Zaev and SDSM, and make it easier for them to trade national interests.”

“VMRO-DPMNE does not recognize the results of the criminal elections, because the will of the people was largely stolen by threats, intimidation, bribery and abuse of the institutions, but there is no reason why the mayors of VMRO-DPMNE, who won and in such conditions, return their mandates, because this way, we would only be helping Zaev and SDS to usurp their will and realize their plan to secure full power so that they can trade national interests more easily”, replied party spokesman, Ivo Kotevski, to a question from “Meta” on whether yesterday’s speech by Gruevski means that the party will not engage in local government and the selected candidates will not fulfill the won mayoral and council seats.

In Kotevski’s written response, he said that his party is convinced that a real study of party ratings can only be shown at fair early parliamentary elections.

LP: Gruevski’s fearful speech was about the elections in 2008 and 2014

Skopje, 30 October, 2017 - 16:38 (META) 

“The last long speech by the fearful and confused Gruevski has nothing to do with these elections. The man was talking about his own experience, of what he did during the elections in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014”, said the Liberal Party in a statement, where they concluded that the recent elections were fair and democratic, adding that Gruevski has no basis not to recognize the results from the local elections.

“The Liberal Party congratulates the citizens after the completion of the successful local elections. The dissatisfaction of those who did not achieve the results they expected is understandable, but there are no elements to contest the legitimacy of the elections. The ratings of domestic observers are that the elections were fair and democratic, with minor irregularities that did not affect the outcome. Accordingly, there is no basis for not recognizing the election results from either side. The elections are over, and therefore, the Liberal Party congratulates the election of all the new mayors”, reads the statement.

Spasovski: Two persons were taken into custody for bribery of voters and five others for photographing ballots

Skopje, 29 October, 2017 - 22:44 (META) 

The Minister of Interior, Oliver Spasovski, at a press conference that occurred an hour after the polling stations were closed, announced that there are seven people that were taken into custody for election frauds, including one person that was taken into custody because of physical violence which is still investigated whether it is related to the elections.

-After a long period, Macedonia is proud to have conducted fair, democratic and peaceful elections – said Spasovski, who stressed that MoI, which acted in line with its authorizations, has taken measures and activities that have helped the citizens to freely express their will and to accomplish their right to vote.

He stressed that according to the Ministry’s operational headquarters, the election day went quietly and he congratulated the members of the Macedonian police for the shown professionalism and for the successful and efficient accomplishment of given tasks.”