Tag: nepotism
Macedonia 11.09.19 | 11:34

Zaev wanted to keep all of Janeva’s staff, including the many relatives she and her prosecutors hired

While Zoran Zaev’s demands to have a loyalist appointed as the new Special Prosecutor were well known and expected, the public was surprised to hear the during his late night meeting with opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski, the Prime Minister demanded that all staff hired by the disgraced Special...

Macedonia 09.06.19 | 21:36

Qualified job candidates who were rejected by the Foreign Ministry go public

Several young people who applied for openings in the Foreign Ministry have gone public to complain how they’ve been rejected despite being qualified, or even over-qualified, and said that, with options closing in Macedonia, they will have to leave the country. First up was Stojan Andov, who said...

Macedonia 08.06.19 | 17:15

Zaev defends the practice of hiring close relatives of his officials in the public service

In his interview on the Macedonian Television yesterday, Zoran Zaev defended the nepotistic practice of his SDSM party and his Government, to hire close relatives of top party and Government officials to high positions in the public sector. They should also be allowed to compete and be hired, but the...

Macedonia 03.06.19 | 15:06

Nepotism watch: The Mayor of Negotino is off the hook after hiring his in-law

The Anti-Corruption Commission decided to let the Mayor of Negotino Toni Delkov off the hook after investigating the case of an in-law he hired. Delkov was under investigation after hiring the wife of a close relative of his as a technical secretary in the municipality. According to the Commission, the...

Macedonia 27.05.19 | 15:57

Kiracovski apologizes to his wife after his nepotism provoked allegations he’s having an affair

Aleksandar Kiracovski, the recently dismisses Secretary General of the SDSM party, publicly apologized to his wife Gordana for what he dragged her through. Kiracovski was frequently in the news as he gave well paid public sector jobs to his close relatives, including his father and mother in law, and...

Macedonia 20.05.19 | 17:57

Nepotism watch: SDSM appointed manager of the GTC shopping mall is hiring and promoting relatives

Owners of stores in the large GTC mall in downtown Skopje are blaming the state appointed manager Gjoko Trajcevski and his assistant Valentina Bajram of nepotistic hiring and appointments. GTC is funded by rent and fees paid by shopkeepers, but the Government and the SDSM party have a key say in appointing...

Macedonia 11.05.19 | 21:55

SDSM member of Parliament Kovacev sets record in nepotistic hiring of relatives

As the Zaev Government is looking for ways to uphold its promise to purge corrupt officials who abused their office to hire relatives in the public service, VMRO-DPMNE revealed the shocking case of SDSM member of Parliament Tanja Kovacev, who has hired half her family since assuming power. Kovacev’s...

Macedonia 10.05.19 | 18:35

Economy Minister off the hook in case of nepotistic hiring – sister in law is not considered a close enough relation to warrant an investigation

The Anti-Corruption Commission said it will not begin an investigation into Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi, who is suspected of influencing the hiring of his sister in law in the state run ELEM energy company. According to the Commission, this case of nepotism will not be investigated because sister...

Macedonia 02.05.19 | 15:46

SDSM member of Parliament got her daughter hired in the Skopje Gynecology clinic

A new case of nepotism in the public sector hiring was reported in the Gynecology clinic in Skopje where the daughter of an SDSM member of Parliament was hired. Marija Kuzmanovska is a general practice doctor in Strumica, but she was hired in the main Gynecology clinic, which is in sore need of actual...

Macedonia 02.05.19 | 00:08

Zaev threatens to purge political opponents in the public administration

It didn’t take long for Zoran Zaev to transform his promise to purge corrupt officials from his own SDSM party and his coalition partner DUI into a threat that the purges will actually affect what he believes are political opponents in the public administration. After the humiliating outcome of...

Macedonia 25.04.19 | 20:31

Panicked by electoral blow, Zaev threatens his lieutenants who gave public sector jobs to their relatives

After two years of rampant nepotism and mass public sector hiring of relatives of top SDSM and DUI officials and activists, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today threatened some of his loyalists with political consequences for their actions. His move comes after the Anti-Corruption Commission revealed that,...

Macedonia 25.04.19 | 17:44

Stevo Pendarovski’s campaign manager is in the center of SDSM’s nepotism problem

Aleksandar Kiracovski ,SDSM member of Parliament and campaign manager for its presidential candidate Stevo Pendarovski, is the most nepotistic Government official, as determined by the Anti-Corruption Commission (DSKS). Kiracovski is considered the chief personnel officer in SDSM – an unofficial...

Macedonia 12.04.19 | 11:24

Anti-corruption official will be away on travel, can’t publish her findings into SDSM and DUI nepotism in time for the elections

Newly appointed head of the State anti-corruption commission DKSK Biljana Ivanovska said that her team is not ready to process the numerous allegations of nepotism against officials from the ruling SDSM – DUI coalition in time for the first round of presidential elections on April 21st. This will...

Macedonia 05.04.19 | 18:30

Nepotism watch: The husband of a DUI member of Parliament was made school principal mid election campaign

Gostivar Mayor Arben Taravari blamed Mirsada Emini – Asani, member of Parliament from the DUI party, of getting her husband promoted to school principal. Taravari said that the promotion was made after the presidential election campaign began, when all changes to the public administration are forbidden. The...

Macedonia 25.02.19 | 19:19

Head of Public Security Bureau employed his grandson at the Ministry of Interior

The Director of the Public Security Bureau Saso Tasevski employed his grandson Jovica Matevski at the Ministry of the Interior, Lider learns. Jovica Matevski (born in 1987), according to Lider, was employed at the Ministry of Interior last year in December, or more precisely on December 31, 2018, as...

Macedonia 23.02.19 | 15:06

Prison director called out over attacks on political prisoners also had his wife hired in a public sector job

The developing stories of political persecution and rising nepotism in Macedonia intersect over Gjoko Kotevski, the director of the Shutka prison in Skopje. Kotevski is accused of putting the two former VMRO-DPMNE Goverment ministers Mile Janakieski and Spiro Ristovski in harm’s way, after they...

Macedonia 23.02.19 | 11:47

Osmani acknowledges that Brussels is concerned over nepotism, but won’t back down on his party’s public sector hiring of relatives

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, who is responsible for Macedonia’s EU integration, warned that Brussels is becoming very concerned with the reports of nepotism after dozens of Government officials had their relatives hired in the public service. An EU spokesperson recently sent out a rare critical...

Macedonia 20.02.19 | 12:20

More reports of nepotism: Nola Starova had her mother in law promoted

Nola Ismajlovska Starova is the latest member of the splinter group of VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament who voted to rename Macedonia to enable patronage for a close relative of hers as part of the reward package for her vote. Starova’s mother in law Maja Starova was promoted to acting principal...

Macedonia 19.02.19 | 23:25

Zaev’s closest associate Mirjana Janeva had her son hired in a public sector job

Mirjana Janeva, one of Zoran Zaev’s longest serving associates, used her influence to have her son Miki Tasev hired in a public sector job in the Strumica office for management with state owned real-estate property. Janeva has been working with Zaev for over a decade, and he hired her straight...

Macedonia Economy 19.02.19 | 23:14

Nepotism watch: Two more relatives of Government officials hired in state owned energy companies

Shortly after it was revealed that Economy Minister Kreshnik Bektesi had his sister hired at the state owned MEPSO energy transportation company, today it turns out he had another relative landed in the state owned ELEM energy producing company. Politicians from the Albanian parties in Zoran Zaev’s...

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