Today, senior VMRO-DPMNE officials, including MPs Ilija Dimovski, Antonijo Milososki, Trajko Veljanoski, Krsto Jovanovski, former mayors – Nikola Bakracheski, Borche Stamov and Ilcho Zahariev, demanded the postponement of the party congress for the election of a new leader because the one scheduled for December 22nd and 23rd “does not guarantee a democratic and transparent process.”
The thirty members and officials of the opposition party signed the letter and said that information from members in the field indicates that in the procedure for electing the president of VMRO-DPMNE, there is one candidate who is “obviously favored, assisted and supported by the overall party infrastructure on a national level”.
The signatories of the letter say that some of them have so far repeatedly sounded the alarm and discussed with the highest party officials, however, so far there has been no effective reaction.
They demand that VMRO-DPMNE’s Executive and Central Committee make a decision to increase the number of delegates from the 544 congress to at least 5,000 delegates, then to decide to postpone the holding of the Congress on February 24th and 25th, 2018, to give a chance for a transparent procedure and a democratic competition, and to avoid the feeling that someone hastily wants to choose a predetermined candidate.
Members of VMRO-DPMNE require the VMRO-DPMNE Central Committee to appoint a collective presidency of 3 to 5 members that will lead the party until the Congress is held.