VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said that the party has evidence that its former members of Parliament were being blackmailed and bribed by the Zoran Zaev Government, in order to ensure they vote to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia.

It’s true that we have evidence about the deals that were beign made here. We can submit them to the prosecutors, but first we need assurances that the evidence will be used, and not just ignored by the Ruskoska led prosecutors and the Kacarska judiciary. We heard that the judges and prosecutors were being wiretapped for two years and we can’t trust them to process these materials, Mickoski said, speaking about prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska and judge Dobrila Kacarska, who the Zaev Government turns to in its control of the judiciary.

Nine members of Parliament elected on the VMRO-DPMNE led list abandoned the party and voted with Zaev to rename Macedonia. Most of them faced criminal charges ranging from terrorism to corruption, and some have negotiated pardons, while others are in the process of doing so. Additionally, a number of public procurement deals were sent in the direction of close relatives of this group or their political patrons.