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Gruevski: I don’t plan to interfere in the election of the new VMRO-DPMNE president

Regarding the speculation that as a longtime President of the party I will support or favor or as they say “stand behind” one or another of the possible candidates for party president ahead of the forthcoming 16th extraordinary congress of VMRO-DPMNE, I want to answer to these rumors and speculation, Gruevski wrote on Facebook.

I inform the public, especially the party membership and congress delegates, that most of those persons whose names are mentioned daily in the media as potential candidates for President of VMRO-DPMNE are my longtime associates and friends, people with whom we have been working together for years and together made and still make decisions in the party, and with some of them in the Government, we have shared both good and bad things, and with all of them I have close relations, both official and private. Therefore, I do not plan to interfere with the delegates’ decisions, nor to suggest who to support and elect for VMRO-DPMNE President.

“Considering that they were and still are my close associates, I do not plan to “stand behind one”, to favor one, at the expense of the other candidates, using my influence as a longtime President of VMRO-DPMNE. The election of the President of VMRO-DPMNE should be democratic and stem from the deep belief in that person of those who will vote and those who delegate this privilege – the members of VMRO-DPMNE,” Gruevski says.

“I think that each of the possible candidates whose names have been mentioned in the media so far has enough experience, knowledge, vision and capacity, if elected by the congress with certainty and convincingly to defeat SDSM and Zoran Zaev in the next elections, if there is an equal ground for political struggle, if they remain consistent with their principles and declared promises and if they retain their independence.

I suggest to the candidates that they conduct fair intra-party political competition and pay attention to the dignity and reputation of the contenders, because the election will end in twelve days, and then the party will need everyone regardless whether as a member of the leadership, MP or any other contributor or supporter with considerable experience and authority. Most of all, everyone is responsible to keep an eye on maintaining the party’s unity, both before and after the Congress.

VMRO-DPMNE is a party that many at this moment would like to see divided, in conflict and defocused from the most important issues for the state and the nation. The candidates, and then the elected president, have great responsibility in terms of maintaining the unity of the party, and therefore its strength, power and influence. Regardless of how familiar you are to members and delegates of your political engagement, it is expected from your side to correctly and timely in the next 6-7 days appropriately and transparently present your views before the membership, your vision, policies that you plan to pursue for all segments of political life, all sectors and for the most important state and national issues, and preferably for the key people and personnel decisions that would be in your team if you are elected as party president. It is a fair and normal expectation from anyone you expect support,” Gruevski says.

I want to suggest to the congress delegates before the voting to visit and consult with their base where they come from, at least with the municipal and local committees, where they draw their power and not forget that they are primarily delegates, that they are delegated to represent in Congress the overwhelming opinion of many members of the party in their region, not to represent only their own opinion or to enter into unprincipled or dishonest conspiracy agreements. To the party members, I suggest when forming their own position and transferring it to party bodies and delegates, to be guided by the general interest of the party and the state, and to give support to the one who they believe will best run the party and the state after the return of VMRO-DPMNE to power. Let’s not forget that the role and trust of the party leader by the electorate is decisive when voting in the elections. Let’s not forget that December 23rd should elect the future Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, he concludes.