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Nikola Gruevski with the highest political rating in history

For almost 15 years he was at the helm of VMRO-DPMNE, and nearly ten of them he was President of the Government. While holding these key positions, Nikola Gruevski did not succumb to the strong pressure to change the country’s constitutional name.

He himself claimed that he was trying to find a solution to this issue, but that it must be dignified for the Macedonians. The need for a referendum on the name, which later became part of the programs of other political parties as well, has been exactly his idea since 2005.

Although in the past three years he has been brutally attacked by the West, he has not even given up on his position for EU and NATO membership and for a strategic partnership with the United States.

Gruevski did not give in to even the controversial provisions in the good neighborly agreement with Bulgaria, which was negotiated for eight years, and after the change of government was expressly agreed.

He also stood against the Tirana platform and the unconstitutional bilingualism, a move that cost him forming a government, although the cause was much larger and related to the name, and this non-formation of the government resulted in stepping down as leader of the party 10 months later.

As Prime Minister he did not remain without a public reaction when MOC was hopeless at the edge, instead of autocephaly to settle for a status that is a degree below – autonomy or independence offered by the Russian Orthodox Church, with which the MOC was deterred from the intention, not wanting to enter into a confrontation with the Government.

Two years ago, he categorically refused the settlement of 150,000 migrants from Asia and Africa, which additionally dragged the wrath of the international community.

After ten electoral victories and one defeat in elections that were not recognized by all parties of the opposition, Gruevski decided to undertake a kind of moral responsibility for the defeat to step down VMRO-DPMNE leader and to leave it to someone else who should be elected at the Congress on December 23rd.

After the announcement of the resignation, at the last public protest in front of 10,000 people, the membership tried to deter him from the intention and reassure him not to step down.

Praised and insulted, acknowledged and disputed, supported and attacked, compared to the greatest Macedonian giants, but also terribly compared with the worst figures in history, the person with the highest political rating on the political scene in the last 15 years, an undeniable authority in his time the leader of VMRO-DPMNE leaves the leadership position.