VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski expressed his gratitude to the citizens of Bitola, Macedonia’s second city which swung strongly away from its support for the ruling SDSM party at the latest presidential elections.
Mickoski was promoting the “Macedonian Renewal” pre-election program in Bitola yesterday and issued a video address following his meetings with many of its citizens.
I’m encouraged because, despite all the problems created by this Government, the people are not giving up, and are motivated and inspired to fight for a better future. Our certain victory at the soon to be held elections gives us even more strength to work to resolve the problems, Mickoski said.
Bitola went for SDSM over VMRO with a 2:1 ratio in the 2017 municipal elections. SDSM’s margin was reduced at the failed 2018 renaming referendum, and by the 2019 presidential elections VMRO carried the city. It was one of the most notable swings at the election, during which VMRO carried most of Macedonian municipalities, although it lost the overall race after the SDSM candidate got near unanimous support in the Albanian districts.