Opposition MPs who voted for constitutional changes deny Lavrov’s claims

Skopje, 7 December, 2018 - 20:32 (META) 

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with the Greek daily newspaper “Ekathiremini”, today announced that he blamed the United States an the EU for brutal systematic interference in the internal affairs of Macedonia.

In that context, he said that “On October 19, “Parliament passed a resolution on constitutional changes by blackmailing and bribing MPs from the opposition in which foreign diplomats were directly involved, including the US ambassador.”

Contrary to claims made by the Russian foreign minister regarding the pressures and bribes inflicted on MPs from the opposition, in which, the current ambassador of the United States directly participated, the eight MPs from VMRO-DPMNE backed the start of the constitutional changes, categorically pointing out that they made the decision of their own free will, in accordance to their convictions.

Nola Ismajloska-Starova:

By my own conviction, I voted “For”. This process must be jointly implemented, I want to be actively involved in it, to help find solutions, and therefore I have decided to open the Constitution. When making the decision, I was guided by a personal desire for the prosperity of Macedonia and I responsibly reject any allegations of threats made to me.

Zekir Ramzilovic:

Instead of waking up to a start of chaos, Macedonia woke up with the beginning of a crisis resolution. These are the real reasons for voting and our decision is a consequence of such efforts made without any pressure from anyone, but as our freely expressed will based on the political responsibility we had at this fateful moment for our country. Everything else is speculation and slander that will not pass unpunished.

Emilija Aleksandrova:

The decision was hard indeed, being aware of the seriousness of the situation both in the country and in politics, and what kind of waves it will cause especially within my own party. However, my colleagues and I firmly believe that we gave it a chance and it is the right path, it is normal to mention once again that only by accepting our conditions.

Ljuben Arnaudov:

I do not think anyone is a traitor. It is not true that we received threats or that we received money. Nothing was promised.

Zaev: Writing a “Bulgarian fascist bullet” and a “fascist bullet” is not the same

Skopje, 30 November, 2018 - 12:51 (META) 

At the next government session between the Macedonian and Bulgarian government, most likely to be held in December, the joint multi-disciplinary expert commission on historical and educational issues, set up under the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighbourliness and Cooperation, will discuss progress and expectations, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in response to a parliamentary question on changes to textbooks.

“It is correct that part of the commissions are discussing textbooks, however once something is agreed, it will be shared with the public. Some of the textbooks refer to a  “Bulgarian fascist bullet”, which is inconsistent with friendship. Whatever is decided in regards to changes to the textbooks, will be in the spirit of a long-lasting friendship,” said Zaev.

MP Blagica Lasovska from VMRO-DPMNE asked what the changes will be when it is an undisputed fact that the Bulgarians were occupiers.

“We all learned that the Bulgarians were occupiers. There is a museum in Prilep. Are we going to knock it down? Let’s not get into something that is an indisputable fact. Is it not a fact that the Bulgarians were occupiers? What are we going to change?” Asked Lasovska.

Zaev responded that history is what it is and will not change, but our attitude towards it will.

“It’s not the same writing a “Bulgarian fascist bullet” or a “fascist bullet”. We can choose to be at odds with our neighbors for another 100 years or to build a friendship without changing history,” Zaev said.

SPO files two charges in “Thaler” case against Gruevski, Bozinovski, Janakieski and Dimovski

Skopje, 22 November, 2018 - 23:22 (META) 

The Special Prosecutor’s Office has announced that it has filed two charges in connection with the “Thaler” case, one for the illegal financing of the political party VMRO-DPMNE, and the other for the illegal construction of the party’s headquarters.

The indictment for the illegal financing of the political party VMRO-DPMNE was filed against the former leader of the party, and current asylum seeker in Hungary, Nikola Gruevski, then for Kiril Bozinovski, Mile Janakieski, Ilija Dimovski, Leko Ristoski and Elizabeta Cingarovska, as well as the political party – VMRO -DPMNE.

“The accused Gruevski, in the period from 2009 to 2015, abused his official position, secured finances from anonymous and illegal sources financed the VMRO-DPMNE. Bozinovski and Janakievski intimidated representatives from various legal entities that had concluded public procurement contracts with state bodies, public enterprises or local self-government departments to provide cash to finance the VMRO-DPMNE party. Gruevski did not return the money to the individuals from whom the funds came, that is, he did not return it to the Budget of the Republic of Macedonia, consequently gaining illegal funds for the financing of the VMRO-DPMNE in the amount of at least €4,608,661,” reads the statement by the SPO.

To hide that the money came from criminal origins, Gruevski, Bozinovski, Janakievski and Cingaroska arranged for the funds to be paid into a VMRO-DPMNE giro account, through cash payments using “PP10” payment slips in which false information was entered claiming that the payments made were by the persons listed in the payment receipts, even though this was not the case.

Subsequently, as authorized signatories of the party’s account, Dimovski, Cingaroska, Ristoski and Janakieski released the money in further circulation by signing orders for payment and buying real estate for the political party VMRO-DPMNE while at the same time knowing that the funds had criminal origins.

Poll: Zaev has highest rating while SDSM has the most trust among Albanians

Skopje, 22 November, 2018 - 13:11 (META) 

The majority of citizens, namely 66.9%, are against an amnesty, while 58.9% are against early elections, according to the latest poll conducted by “Telma” TV and the non-government organization MCIC (Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation).

In regards to an amnesty for the defendants and participants of the events that took place on 27 April in Parliament, 57.8% disagree with the amnesty, while 37% agree.

The poll shows that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has a convincing lead with a 21.4% rating. VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski is behind Zaev by 14%, with growth in his personal rating and for the first time above President Gjorge Ivanov whose rating is in decline and stands at only 6%. Next is Ali Ahmeti with 5.7%, Sela has 3.8%, and escaped fugitive Nikola Gruevski whose position is in free fall and stands at 2.7%.

Great support for Zaev comes from his popularity among Albanians – with 17.6% support he is second amongst ethnic Albanian regarding popularity. The first is the leader of DUI Ali Ahmeti with 23%, and third Ziyadin Sela with 16%. The highest rating in this poll is for those who do not trust any politicians – 39.9%.

According to the poll, SDSM’s rating is growing, while the opposition VMRO-DPMNE is in decline. The ruling party has 26.8%, 21.5% voted for VMRO-DPMNE, 6.7% for DUI, Albanian Alliance has 3%, Besa Movement has 2.4% while 21.3% did not vote.

According to ethnicity. VMRO-DPMNE has the highest rating among Macedonians – 30.4% with five percentage points ahead of SDSM, which is 25.5%. SDSM is the first party among Albanians with 27.5%, while DUI is the second with half a percentage less.

VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs will be requesting a parliamentary discussion regarding the polluted air

Skopje, 19 November, 2018 - 17:54 (META) 

The MPs of both VMRO-DPMNE and the Coalition for a Better Macedonia have submitted today at the parliamentary an Information about the enormous pollution of the air and will be requesting a discussion about this burning subject.

Nikola Micevski, the coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE’s MP group said that because of the current government, Macedonia has become a country with the most polluted air in Europe.

-The pollution in Macedonia is breaking new records. This government which is led by SDSM and its officials when they were an opposition party were promising that they will solve the problem with the pollution through various acts and projects. But they lied. Obviously, SDSM used the pollution only for scoring political points and that none for a second did they think about what should they do regarding this situation – said Micevski.

SDSM should at least once take the responsibility and for once it should show sincerely that it is worried about the citizens since they are on power and they can accomplish everything they were promising to improve the quality of the air, and not pray every day for a wind to blow or for rain to fall in order to clear out the smog that the citizens are breathing every day.

he also said that VMRO’DPMNEćs MPs will demand a public discussion to be held at the Committee for transportation, and environment regarding the enormous pollution, where civil associations, environmental organizations, experts and others will be summoned to attend and who can contribute to preventing the worsening of the situation.

SPO: VMRO-DPMNE assets have been frozen

Skopje, 1 November, 2018 - 14:07 (META) 

At the request of the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) , a pre-trial judge from the Basic Court Skopje 1 ordered a temporary measure for freezing the assets of the political party VMRO-DPMNE, SPO announced today.

With the measure, which was pronounced in the frame of the “Thaler” case, a total of 69 real estate properties were frozen, including the building where the party’s headquarters is located.

“This measure prohibits the alienation of the particular property as well as the leasing of the property. The actions were taken within the framework of the “Thaler” case, since it is likely that the same property will be alienated until the completion of the procedure”, the SPO said.

This temporary measure from the court comes after the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski announced that the party is considering selling the headquarters in downtown Skopje or renting it.

The “Thaler” investigation refers to the illegal financing of VMRO-DPMNE from 2009 to the end of 2015, and there is a suspicion of misappropriation of 4.9 million euros. Fourteen people are under investigation, and among them is the former leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski. Part of the investigation is the headquarters of the party in Skopje, built by the construction company “Beton”.

Councilors in Kochani rename “VMRO” street to “Marshal Tito”

Kochani, 31 October, 2018 - 12:31 (META) 

The majority of the council at the Municipality of Kochani has restored the name of one of the central streets. For several decades, the street was named after the president of the former Social Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito. Councilors from the SDSM coalition changed the name of the street to “Marshal Tito” with the support of an independent councilor. The councilor from VMRO-DPMNE left the session when voting on the proposal began.

SDSM Councilor Blagoj Sitnovski said that he holds nothing against another street in Kochani receiving the name “VMRO”, however we should not forget the man from our fifty year old history, who helped lay the foundations of the Republic of Macedonia.

The name of the street “Marshal Tito” was changed to “VMRO” along with 18 streets in Kochani, in 2014. This was at a time when the majority of the council was led by VMRO-DPMNE.

Janchev: I receive death threats, Mickoski assures me they’re not from VMRO-DPMNE

Skopje, 31 October, 2018 - 12:17 (META) 

The current vice-president of VMRO-DPMNE and current Mayor of Kavadarci, Mitko Janchev, did not appear on last night’s “TV 24” because he and his wife received death threats if he appeared on the show. After, he explained what happened.

“For the last month we have been constantly receiving threats through Facebook and text messages. Today, we received a threat on my wife’s phone and this is the reason I want to stay with my family tonight. I have reported it to the police. Before the referendum, I received threats that if I go out and I quote: Janchev’s father appeared to him in a dream and told him that if he votes they will be seeing each other very soon. My father died in 2005. It seems to me that the Facebook profiles are fake bots, and the mobile numbers I received the text messages from have been reported, so I expect them to be uncovered. I’ve talked to Mickoski about and just 5 minutes ago, he assured me that it has nothing to do with him or VMRO-DPMNE. I would like to believe it. I want my family to function normally,” said Janchev.

Rangelova resigned as the President of the VMRO-DPMNE’s Women Union

Skopje, 30 October, 2018 - 13:04 (META) 

Daniela Rangelova has filed her resignation as the president of the VMRO-DPMNE’s Women’s Union. Rangelova’s resignation arrives after Dragan Danev, the party’s MP group coordinator’s resignation, and the string of resignations and castaways within VMRO-DPMNE.

After her resignation, on her Facebook profile, Rangelova wrote that she cannot be a part of the leadership that has led the party into isolation and which has caused disunions in the party by means of dishonesty, intrigues, and quarrels, and has caused divisions and hatred among the Macedonians.

“Despite President Hristijan Mickoski’s proposal to lead the Women’s Union until the end of my mandate, I have made a decision to tender an irrevocable resignation as President of the VMRO-DPMNE’s WOmen’s Union. I tendered my resignation because of the evident disagreements with the policies led by VMRO_DPMNE’s leadership. I cannot accept to be a part of toxic games led by the ambition to feed the vanity of several people. To have an ambition is a positive thing, but to be ready to walk over living people only to satisfy your own ego and the thirst for power is unacceptable” wrote Rangelova.

VMRO-DPMNE seek Law on Amnesty for those who took part in attack on September 27

Skopje, 29 October, 2018 - 18:31 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE has submitted a bill for amnesty for those involved and organized the attack in Parliament on April 27, last year.

At a press conference, coordinator of the VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary group, Dragan Danev, said that it was suggested that Parliament should pass the law via a fast-track procedure.

“This law foresees and regulates the manner of freedom from criminal prosecution, stopping initiated procedures and releasing those serving prison sentences, if there is suspicion that they have committed criminal acts: participation in a crowd that obstructs an official representative from performing official action, violence, participation in a crowd and committing a criminal act that is a terrorist threat to the constitutional order and security. This draft law also foresees the removal of convictions for those persons convicted on the day the law would come into force,” said Danev.

According to him, the law will will secure justice for all and achieve true national reconciliation instead of selectivity and divisions and as he says, all this offered by SDSM.

In the court case for the attack into Parliament on April 27 last year, 33 people have been charged. 31 have been charged for causing a terrorist threat to the constitutional order and security, and two for aiding and abetting.