Friday, 26 November 2021
Macedonia 26.11.21 | 23:19

No decision in the Alternative party over whether they will join SDSM’s coalition

The Central Board of the Alternative party did not reach a decision to join Zaev’s coalition today, but judging by its public statements, Afrim Gashi’s party is moving in that direction. The party today empowered the leader to enter into talks with the current Prime Minister and the future...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 23:11

Zaev endorsed Dimitar Kovacevski as new party leader

Zoran Zaev promoted Dimitar Kovacevski as his successor in SDSM, media outlets are reporting. SDSM is holding a meeting of its Executive and Central Board, and the party is expected to prepare a party-wide vote of its members for a new leader in two weeks time. There was no reaction from the delegates...

Balkans 26.11.21 | 23:07

Kosovo: Three killed when attacker opened fire on a bus carrying young people

Two youngsters and a bus driver were killed in Kosovo when an armed attacker opened fire on a village bus. The incident happened this afternoon, near Decani, after a man was kicked out of the bus for harassing a group of women. The bus was carrying mostly students and young people.

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 22:18

No more delays: Zaev is expected to resign and SDSM will vote for a new leader in two weeks

SDSM party sources say that, while all members of the Executive Board of the party protested Zoran Zaev’s decision to resign as party leader and Prime Minister, he insisted to go ahead with this. The meeting of the Board concluded and their proposal is to hold party elections for a new leader on...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 20:48

Macedonia admits 14 Afghan refugees

Macedonia admitted 14 additional Afghan refugees, in this case former UN employees and their family members, who fear for their lives after the defeat of the NATO led forces and the Afghan Government. The group, like others before them, are housed in hotels near Skopje. There are currently 568 Afghan...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 20:44

Man from Skopje faces hate speech charge over his bus disaster Facebook comment

A man from Skopje was interrogated by the police today for an ugly comment he wrote on Facebook with regard to the deadly bus accident in Bulgaria on Tuesday morning. The man was questioned about a potential “hate speech crime”, and the police said that he excused his comment by saying he...

Balkans 26.11.21 | 20:36

Albanian Prime Minister Rama says he would vote in favor of unification with Kosovo, adds that such referendum will be held “one day”

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that he would support the unification of Albania and Kosovo if a referendum for this is called, but added that he doesn’t know when this would happen. If you ask me hypothetically, for a peaceful referendum on national unity, I would violate the law on secrecy...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 20:32

Inspectors finally entered the Besa bus company, and found that the two drivers were not working there

Inspectors were finally able to enter the premises of the Besa Tours company, which operated the bus that crashed in Bulgaria on Tuesday morning with the loss of 45 lives. Earlier today the inspectors were not allowed to enter the office, to shock and dismay of the public. Currently, the office is cordoned...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 20:26

Silegov claims that the Alternative party will definitely join the coalition, says SDSM may not discuss Zaev’s resignation today

SDSM party official Petre Silegov, whose defeat in the mayoral race in Skopje prompted Zoran Zaev to announce he is resigning as Prime Minister and party leader, said that the addition of the Alternative party to the ruling coalition is a “done deal”. Silegov spoke at the start of the meeting...

Sport 26.11.21 | 18:37

What, me worry?: Macedonia will face Italy, and then possibly, Portugal, in the World Cup qualifications

As luck would have it, Macedonia will face current European Champions Italy as first obstacle in the second round of the World Cup qualifications. Macedonia won a historic second place in a World Cup group and earned a place in the second round, where it faces easily the most difficult competition. If...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 18:32

SDSM begins key meeting to discuss Zaev’s resignation

The SDMS party began the meeting of its Central Board, during which the issue of Zoran Zaev’s proposed resignations will be discussed. Zaev announced that he will step down as both SDSM party leader and as Prime Minister after his major defeat in the local elections to VMRO-DPMNE. Zaev’s...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 18:13

Mickoski: The bus disaster is result of pervasive crime, corruption and institutional incompetence

Speaking about the deadly bus disaster in Bulgaria, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that it was the end result of pervasive corruption and criminal conduct in the country and the failure of state institutions to perform basic checks and inspections. We avoided public comments over the three...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 17:58

Government will cover the cost and make arrangements for burial of the bus disaster victims

The Macedonian Government will cover the cost of transporting the bodies of the 45 passengers and drivers who were killed in the disastrous bus crash in Bulgaria, and of their burials. Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani is coordinating the efforts here and said that he met with a number of companies that...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 17:29

Ohrid couple arrested for selling cocaine

Ohrid police arrested a married couple who were selling cocaine. The husband and wife team, who are in their 40ies, procured the drugs in July and prepackaged it in 1 gram doses, which they sold for between 4,000 and 5,000 denars each (65 to 80 EUR). They were caught in their vehicle, with drugs and...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 17:24

Corona report: 12 deaths, 434 new cases

The Healthcare Ministry informed that 12 patients died of coronavirus infection during the past day. Their ages ranged from 46 to 84, and the patients were from Skopje, Bitola, Veles, Kavadarci, Kocani, Delcevo, Krusevo and Radovis. Additionally seven more Covid deaths that occurred in October and November,...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 15:49

Transport Ministry: Besa Trans bus used another vehicle’s license, violated law

The license number used by the bus involved in the accident that happened in Bulgaria on Tuesday doesn’t match its real license number, which means that the bus was using the license of another vehicle registered to Besa Trans, thus violating the Law on Road Transport, the Ministry of Transport and...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 15:39

Mickoski: Be patient, then you will see what Silegov left, there will be material that will be dealt with by the prosecution and investigative bodies

Wait, be patient, we will be available for the media, and you will see what Petre Silegov, the predecessor of the current mayor Danela Arsovska, left behind, there will be material that will be dealt with by the prosecution and investigative bodies, Hristijan Mickoski, leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE,...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 15:04

Mystery solved: There is no eighth passenger saved, another body found in fatal bus

During an additional search carried out by Bulgarian investigators on Friday, another body was found in the Besa Trans bus on the Struma highway, Bulgarian Deputy Chief Prosecutor and Head of the National Investigation Service, Borislav Sarafov told Bulgarian Nova TV. Unfortunately, the mystery is solved....

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 13:18

Fatal bus was not produced in 2018 but in 2007

The Besa Trans bus in which 45 people died, including 12 children, was not produced in 2018 as it was announced. According to the data obtained by Republika, it is a Mercedes vehicle, produced in 2007. We checked the information in the Register of Motor Vehicles, where it can be seen that the white Mercedes-Benz...

Macedonia 26.11.21 | 13:05

Emergency inspection not possible after company closed its offices

The State Transport Inspectorate yesterday couldn’t carry out an emergency inspection, despite making attempts, of the Besa Trans company, whose bus caught fire in Bulgaria killing 45 passengers. The company’s offices were closed and no one was answering the phone, its director Rufat Huseini told...

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