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VMRO-DPMNE leader: We stood united when we had to defend the country

We have gathered here today to mark and celebrate our party VMRO-DPMNE’s 27th anniversary, 124 years since the establishment of the Organization back in 1893, the party’s leader Nikola Gruevski said at the beginning of his address on Saturday.

Those are years of writing history. Years of personal sacrifices and great risks. Years of defiance, liberation struggle, nation-building, state formation, maintenance, development and strengthening of the state. Years of successes, ups and downs. Years of hardships and major challenges. Years of weaknesses and mistakes, but also years of courage, wisdom, success and progress. Years of fighting for the cause. Years of resistance in defense of the state and the nation. Years dedicated to Macedonia, to realized and unrealized dreams, and many years of solved problems and of making the correct strategic decisions. Years in which even in the darkest days our ideology was our reinforcement, which firmly kept us and did not allow the attacks and blows from outside to be fatal for us as a party and for Macedonia.  But also a the period in which in the last 11 years we saw 10 election victories in a row. 10 times the vast majority of people in this country assessed that our path, our goals and our decisions, program, implementation, team and ideology were the most correct, most fair and the best ones for Macedonia and its people. Undefeated, unbroken, united.

United when we had to make a statement about our own country. United when we had to defend the country. United in endurance and persistence towards success, united in reforms and opening new jobs. United in putting the state before personal and party interest. United in firmness and endurance in the fight for the strategic interests of the state and the nation. United who independently, autonomously, sovereignly make decisions on key issues for Macedonia. The only ones who fought when everyone was afraid. United in many decisions that make us stronger and more valuable, and because of which the people voted for us in free elections, got angry at us and reprimanded us when we made mistakes, sometimes even tolerated us given that that those who work also make mistakes, but as we made every effort to help our people and citizens, they stood by our side through the most difficult period for us, when we were under organized attack from all sides with atypical weapons in politics, if that can be called politics at all. Yes, and then, in the last elections, again the majority of people stood by our side in order to defend Macedonia, choosing a party that has shown that knows best how to improve the country and to solve problems, said Gruevski.

Gruevski publicly thanked all who are part of the story and the struggle of this generation.

To thank all the members and activists of the party, even those who were with us, but now they are not, to thank the founders of the VMRO-DPMNE, the ideologues of the party, the people who founded and and built it, the first initiators, the first president of VMRO-DPMNE, the first leadership of VMRO-DPMNE, the veterans of the party, the top leadership throughout all towns and villages in Macedonia, for their courage, their vision and their patriotism. And also I would like to remind you of the grand vision, courage and self-sacrifice of the founders of the Macedonian Revolutionary Organization, later renamed in VMRO  and of all its fighters, rebels, leaders and followers. Their idea of an independent state continued even when seemingly VMRO after 41 tumultuous activities was destroyed. Some participating in partisan squads, others as unbreakable fighters for freedom and independence of Macedonia during the communist regime, but they all had the same goal, a free and independent Macedonia. We, who have inherited and continued their work, we have a responsibility towards our time, our ancestors, our people and towards the future generations in Macedonia, and we must not fail in this task, regardless of the circumstances, he said.