In a tense atmosphere the Law on the Use of Languages was passed

Skopje, 14 March, 2018 - 19:14 (META) 

In a tense atmosphere at Parliament, with 64 votes “for” and with none “against”, the Law on the Use of Languages was passed ​​without a debate on the 36,000 amendments submitted by the opposition VMRO-DPMNE.

VMRO-DPMNE MPs protested again and were led by their former leader Nikola Gruevski who again approached the chair of the Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi and said “Do not force it” and “I will not do anything to you, but it is not good for you to force it “.

Currently, representatives of the government and the opposition are still present in the hall.

Previously, a smaller physical altercation between Gruevski and Xhaferi was prevented. Before the 15-minute break, the former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski stood directly in front of Xhaferi, hit the table with his hand, hit the bell, covered his microphone and as a final provocation, emptied the contents of his water glass before finally climbing up behind him switching off his microphone.

While Xhaferi came out of the hall, Gruevski approached him, but the Parliamentary security prevented a more serious altercation.

These latest developments in Parliament confirm that it was Nikola Gruevskui who was behind the attempts to block the work of Parliament, the reform process and Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic perspective, said SDSM in a statement.

They went on to say that “it is a confirmation that Hristijan Mickoski is just a uppet of the suspect Gruevski and that he does not have the capacity to reform VMRO-DPMNE”.

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Stoltenberg arrived at the meeting with Zaev with the government’s Mercedes

NATO’s General Secretary, Jens Stoltenberg arrived at the meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev with the Mercedes that is worth 600.000 euros and for which acquisition at the end of this month the former Prime Minister and leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski and the former Minister of Interior, Gordana Jankuloska will go to a trial.

Stoltenberg is the last in the line of high ranking foreign officials who during their visits to Skopje were driven in the government’s Mercedes which vehicle registration plates read СК 2936 АЦ (SK 2936 AC).

Among the high ranking officials from abroad, the first who used the Mercedes was the former UN’s General Secretary, Ban Ki-Moon, during his visit in July 2012. The “M thing,” as Gruevski used to name the vehicle in the “31st bomb” that was revealed by SDSM in 2015, also the Prime Minister of Bulgaria used the vehicle during his visit on the 1st of August last year when the Agreement for Goog Neighborly relations was signed.

Ont he 19th of October, the Government announced that the Mercedes’ ownership was transferred from MoI into the Service for general and common affairs and that a procedure for its expropriation was started and it will be exchanged for medical equipment.

VMRO-DPMNE voted Gruevski to be the party’s honorary president

Valandovo, 23 December, 2017 - 15:21 (META) 

When the long speech ended, the former leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski was voted as the party’s honorary president at the Congress that took place in Valandovo.

When the speech which lasted for an hour and a half about the party’s ups and downs, about the disappointments by his closest collaborators and after the messages for the new party leader, Koce Trajanovski suggested the delegates to vote for the proposal that Gruevski should be elected as the party’s honorary president.

The proposal was accepted without any vote that was against or was withhold after which Gruevski received a plaque as an expression of gratitude for his work in the party.

The party’s delegates have left for a lunch at a local restaurant and the continuation of the Congress will resume at 15h.

Zaev won’t comment Gruevski’s resignation but is demanding a strong opposition and a more responsible government

Skopje, 3 December, 2017 - 16:37 (META) 

I don’t want to indulge myself in commenting issues regarding our primary political opponent but I will state again that a strong opposition will make the government to be more responsible, more transparent and more committed to its citizens, replied Prime Minister Zoran Zaev when asked by a journalist to comment about VMRO-DPMNE party leader, Nikola Gruevski’s, announced resignation.

-Those are internal processes, that the members of VMRO-DPMNE along with the leadership and the managing structures will decide what it’s best for them – said Zaev today at the Government, where the International day for people with disabilities was marked.

In an interview given for Kurir portal, Gruevski announced that he will resign before the party’s bodies and which is expected to summon an extraordinary congress in order to elect a new party leader.

Gruevski: They are spreading bad blood and we will fight for justice

Skopje, 28 November, 2017 - 16:18 (META) 

“Zaev and SDSM are brutally attacking those who think and act Macedonian. This is the last act of a free-thinking Macedonian and citizens who dare to state their position against the Tirana platform and the violence of this government against anyone who thinks as a Macedonian”, said the opposition leader of VMRO-DPMNE today at a press conference at the party’s headquarters.

Gruevski reacted to the action of the Ministry of Interior and the Prosecution who arrested 36 people this morning – participants in the violence in Parliament on April 27th, 2017.

“It’s a matter of our country. This is not justice, and the laws and the Constitution do not apply. This country is being held captive. This is being done to open a path to change the name, identity and history. The same day the Government discusses amnesty, an opera singer, actor, director, doctor and architect are being charged with terrorism. There are no laws or rules. It is like the ‘Wild West’, this is elimination of free thought”, said Gruevski.

“They are spreading bad blood across the whole of our society. A process against people who love their country. This is the last hour to react, to protect the people because justice is on our side, this is the peoples’ struggle of this country, against the junta in power”, emphasized Gruevski.

Bogojeski: Gruevski defends the interests of a dozen people

Sofia, 8 October, 2017 - 15:32 (META) 

Nikola Gruevski defends the interests of a dozen people, and the steps he takes reminds of Slobodan Milosevic’s time, says Petar Bogojeski, about VMRO-DPMNE, from the Initiative for Reform and Democratization in an interview with the Bulgarian news agency BGNES.

“Nikola Gruevski’s “New Era” in Macedonia is comparable to that of Milosevic, but in no case can talk about a “New Era” for Gruevski himself. What does this mean – we will now have a “new Gruevski”? It is completely incomprehensible, not just for our voters, such a thing does not even exist in political literature”, said Bogojeski.

He says Gruevski’s patriotism is only one manipulation to conceal his helplessness.

“We do not need pseudo-patriotism and the personal interest of a dozen people. We need authentic Macedonian patriotism, based on European values, and this is our ultimate goal – Euro-Atlantic integration. Personally, in this respect, I consider the Agreement between our two countries, as a treaty protecting Macedonian national interests”, said Bogojeski.

Gruevski complained to Orbán and Janša that the government are abusing the election campaign

Ohrid, 28 September, 2017 - 18:51 (META) 

The leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, met with Hungarian Prime Minister and leader of the ruling party, Viktor Orbán, and the President of the Slovenian Democratic Party, Janez Janša, in Ohrid today.

Gruevski informed the leaders of the sister parties about the course of the election campaign for the local elections. He estimated the campaign as having gone through a series of irregularities and abuses by the ruling majority.

“One day since the publication of the list of mayors, there is almost every day criminal charges against one of them. This means that the opponents are aware that they will lose the elections, that they are afraid of it and that is why they are in a panic, they seek salvation by using funds that are not fair and are not regular”, informed Gruevski.

Orbán assessed that Macedonia is an important country for Europe, although it is not a member of the EU, it still plays a key role in the issue of migrants.

SPO wants to confiscate 2.2 million euros in assets and property from Gruevski, Protoger and Dimovski

Skopje, 26 September, 2017 - 20:02 (META) 

The Special Prosecutor’s Office in the indictment for the “Titanic” case are asking the leader of VMRO-DPMNE and former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, the former chief of his cabinet, Martin Protoger, the current MP of VMRO-DPMNE in Parliament, Ilija Dimovski and the accused Leko Ristovski to confiscate assets worth 2.2 million euros.

This sum, according to the SPO, corresponds to the unlawfully provided funds for financing the election campaigns of the party in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The Special Public Prosecutor’s Office on its new website has published prosecutorial acts for all the 20 cases it has opened, which are related and arose from the wiretapped conversations.

Only the content of the “Target” and “Fortress” cases was not published.

The published charges may reveal interesting moments and curiosity to the defendants in the cases and ways in which the offenses for which they are charged for were committed.

Gruevski’s cabinet has spent 38 million euros on campaigns and propaganda

Skopje, 24 September, 2017 - 12:54 (META) 

The cabinet of the former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, during the period between 2008 and 2015 spent 38 million of euros from the budget, on campaigns that were broadcast on television and electronic media, informed today at a press conference, the governments spokesperson Mile Boshnjakovski.

He also said that this sum doesn’t include the expenditures from the campaigns led in 2006, 2007 and part of 20016, as there were some documents missing from these years.

The money, as Boshnjakovski informed, were spent on campaigns such as “Third Child,” “Abortus Prevention,” “Explore Macedonia” and “Ideas Day” etc.

“The amount of 38 million of euros was spent exclusively by the former Prime Minister’s cabinet. This amount does not include expenditures from campaigns that were spent by various ministries. Almost 15 million of euros were spent on several marketing agencies for campaign productions. For investigating public opinion were spent 200.000 euros, but that number is not definite. For purchasing an advertising space in electronic media, 23 million of euros were spent”, said Boshnjakovski.

He also said that there was no criterion for allocation of funds for the purchase of advertising space.

Gruevski has announced a new era for the country and the rule of law

Skopje, 23 September, 2017 - 14:14 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE’s party leader, Nikola Gruevski has announced a new era for Macedonia at the party’s Convention that took place at the “Boris Trajkovski” sports hall. During the convention, the mayoral candidates were also promoted. Gruevski also said that this shall be an era of prosperity, progress and fulfilled promises, responsibility, dignity, and unity.

“We are talking about managing, not governing. The contemporary managing includes the rule of law, efficient managing of the public sector, independent judiciary, partiicpation and continious democratization, decentralization, transparency and a wide front in the fight against the corruption” said Gruevski.

Regarding the local elections, he said that they are extremely important for the future of Macedonia.

“Our candidates and activists have to knock on everyone’s doors, to handshake with everyone. The connections between mutual respect and understanding must be strengthened” said Gruevski