Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska, who is considered as the leader of the Skopje wing of the SDSM party, denied media reports that this factions has demanded the removal of either Deputy Prime Minister Koco Angusev or Finance Minister Dragan Tevdovski as different factions position themselves ahead of Zaev’s planned purge of the Government.

There is a lot of speculation and manipulation these days and this report is one of them. We haven’t discussed matters in that way when things were hardest for us as a party. We have enormous responsibility as part of the ruling coalition and such talk is not like us, Sekerinska said.

The original report was made by Albanian language TV21. Different factions within SDSM and in the coalition are sharing reports with the media about which Minister will be removed by Zaev, and the Albanian coalition partner DUI was particularly outspoken in its calls to have the Ministers in charge of economics, such as Angusev and Tevdovski, removed because of their poor results.