In his final pre-election address, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski appealed to the three voter blocs who may determine the outcome of the elections – conservative voters angry about the name change who boycotted the first round of elections, the public administration which now faces an unprecedented open assault by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, and former SDSM supporters who stayed out of the first electoral round.

To the boycott supporters. You know that at stake here is Macedonia. Maybe you have many differences with us, but we are united in the fight for Macedonia, for our homeland. Don’t help Zaev with your boycott. Don’t prolong the months our country is on life support. Let’s bring them down. Come out and vote for our country, Mickoski said, speaking to the voters who expected a presidential candidate who would be more outspoken and specific in opposition to the Prespa treaty.

Regarding the public administration, Mickoski made his address days after Zoran Zaev began openly threatening that he will purge state employees he perceives as VMRO supporters. Zaev initially announced that he will “sweep out” corrupt public sector managers from his own party, but the threats are now directed squarely at political opponents, a move designed to scare opposition supporters with public sector jobs from voting.

I know that the administration is faced with threats. Zaev threatened to kick you out of your jobs. Remember that only a weak person resorts to threats. Don’t be alarmed and don’t succumb to his threats. Things will soon change and any injustice he inflicts upon you, every unlawful demotion or expulsion from work will be corrected. And those who carry out these injustices, they will be punished. I promise you that, Mickoski said.

The opposition leader also spoke to the former SDSM supporters from the Colored revolution, who sincerely believed that Zaev and his party are serious about justice and accountability. Mickoski listed the main issues that were raised during the 2015 and 2016 protests, and how they were betrayed.

He said he will protect the name, he will elevate living standards, will bring Europe to us, will increase salaries to 500 EUR, will build 500 kilometers of new highways, will clean up the air, end corruption in public procurement and stop nepotism. Instead, he turned patriots into terrorists, lied to the parents of those killed on Smilkovsko lake, lies to the parents whose children are now being killed on the streets of Skopje. You’re justified in being disappointed, but you’re not justified in staying at home on election day. If you stay out, you approve of what this Government is doing, Mickoski said in his final video call to support Gordana Siljanovska’s nomination for President.

Вие одлучувате!Правда за Македонија!

Gepostet von Hristijan Mickoski am Freitag, 3. Mai 2019