Tag: Zaev
Macedonia 27.10.21 | 19:00

Facebook users turn on Zaev after his attack on Danela Arsovska

Zoran Zaev’s attack against Skopje mayoral candidate Danela Arsovska this morning backfired, if we judge by the replies on his own Facebook page. Zaev angrily called on Arsovska to withdraw from the race as his party keeps presenting new “evidence” that she allegedly has a dual Bulgarian...

Macedonia 27.10.21 | 18:45

Zaev’s last minute attack on Danela Arsovska for her alleged ties to Bulgaria debunked by outlets from both countries

Several news sites debunked the last minute attack from SDSM aimed at Danela Arsovska, the VMRO-DPMNE supported mayoral candidate in Skopje, which was accused by SDSM that she has a secret dual Bulgarian citizenship. The people of Skopje won’t allow to be manipulated. If you have decided to be...

Macedonia 26.10.21 | 22:27

Mickoski: SDSM is using thugs to bribe and intimidate voters as they try to re-elect Mayor Silegov

During the pre-election rally in Aerodrom, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski warned that the SDSM party is dispatching activists from Zoran Zaev’s stronghold of Strumica to coordinate bribery and intimidation campaigns in Skopje. SDSM faces a make-or-break race to re-elect Skopje Mayor Petre...

Macedonia 26.10.21 | 18:34

Zaev denies reports that the police is surveilling and harassing the opposition

Zaev denied reports that police officials ordered surveillance and attacks on opposition activists in Prilep and other cities in the run up and on the day of the local elections. The allegations were raised by VMRO-DPMNE, which showed screenshots from a massive Viber group in which local and central...

Macedonia 26.10.21 | 17:45

The coalition is stable, Zaev claims

Despite the fact that two key Albanian coalition partners, DUI and BESA, are locked in a fight for control of the largest majority Albanian city Tetovo, and BESA is openly asking for the votes of the opposition in the run-off, Zoran Zaev today insisted that his ruling coalition is stable. I absolutely...

Macedonia 26.10.21 | 17:42

Zaev waters down his pledge to resign if his party loses the mayoral race in Skopje

In a press conference today, Zoran Zaev was evasive when asked about his previous pledge to resign if his candidate loses the mayoral race in the capital Skopje. I reiterate that I am a fighter. I appeal to fight. I confronted my people with all the detailed information he needs to know, to decide what...

Macedonia 25.10.21 | 21:12

Zaev backpedals: He still intends to resign if he loses in Skopje, but wants the SDSM led coalition to remain in place, says no to early elections

Zoran Zaev today qualified his promise to resign as Prime Minister if his SDSM party loses the mayoral race in the capital Skopje on October 31st. In a Sitel TV interview, Zaev said that he still intends to leave the helm of the Government, but that his coalition with DUI and a dozen smaller parties...

Macedonia 25.10.21 | 17:50

Experienced SDSM hand Tito Petkovski tells Zaev that he made a big mistake by making the second round of the local elections all about him

Tito Petkovski, one of the oldest leaders in SDSM, now head of the New Social-Democratic Party, chastised Zoran Zaev for his decision to make the second round of local elections a de-facto referendum on his rule. After badly losing in the first round, Zaev said that he will resign as Prime Minister if...

Macedonia 23.10.21 | 16:11

Zaev goes to Struga to endorse the notorious local boss Ramiz Merko for another term

Zoran Zaev campaigned in Struga today, to support the DUI party mayoral candidate, incumbent Ramiz Merko. Zaev is desperate for the DUI votes in his race against VMRO-DPMNE in the capital Skopje, so he has to repay the favor by campaigning for the DUI candidates in contested races. The coalition...

Macedonia 22.10.21 | 23:06

Nikoloski: Zaev understands that this election is a referendum on his rule

VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski believes that a new ruling majority will be formed soon, and that it will prepare early general elections. Nikoloski spoke at a TV interview days after VMRO-DPMNE scored a major victory in the first round of the local elections, defeating SDSM 22:9 with...

Macedonia 22.10.21 | 19:07

Will Zaev fall even without elections? New parliamentary majority in the works

It is more and more likely that the local elections will bring a new parliamentary majority. Although Zaev is trying to create the impression that the slim majority that the government has is stable, it is clear that the coalition can burst on all sides and the occasion will be Tetovo. For the parties...

Macedonia 21.10.21 | 12:50

Zave stakes his political survival on the outcome of the race in Skopje

Zoran Zaev staked his future in politics on the outcome of the run-off mayoral vote in the capital Skopje. After a string of devastating losses in the first round, Skopje is one of the few major cities that are still in play, and Zaev announced that he will resign if VMRO-DPMNE wins there and wins a...

Macedonia 21.10.21 | 10:49

Government denies that Zaev was using an official vehicle to go to a campaign event

The Zaev Government denied reports in a number of media outlets, including in Republika, that he was using an official Government vehicle to attend an SDSM party rally in Skopje’s Butel district. These reports are misinformation. Prime Minister Zoran ZAev has never used an official vehicle for...

Macedonia 20.10.21 | 11:46

“When Zaev labels the opposition ‘evil’ it means he has exhausted all political means of dealing with it”

Sociologist and political commentator Ilija Aceski strongly denounced Zoran Zaev for his by last count three post-election statements in which he referred to the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party as “evil”. Zaev resorted to this tremendous increase in heated rhetoric after his SDSM party lost badly...

Macedonia 19.10.21 | 13:12

Zaev triples down on his claim that the opposition is “evil”

Zoran Zaev made a third statement in two days declaring the opposition as “evil”. He made the comment in his non-concessions speech on Monday morning, as his SDSM party was trounced in the local elections on Sunday, and reiterated it with a statement later on Monday. Now, in a second statement, he...

Macedonia 18.10.21 | 11:42

Zaev refers to the opposition parties as “evil” after his major election defeat

A comment Zoran Zaev made during his non-concessions speech on Sunday evening caught the public’s attention. As he was trying to put a positive spin on the string of defeats his SDSM party suffered across Macedonia, and blamed his smaller coalition partners, Zaev said that his coalition must re-unite...

Macedonia 18.10.21 | 01:20

Zaev blames his minor partners for the defeat, insists that his coalition will survive

Zoran Zaev eventually addressed the public at 1 in the morning, after a brutal election day for his SDSM party. Flanked by his Government Ministers, instead of the mayoral candidats, Zaev declared that his party won or has a lead in 30 municipalities in the second round, and insisted that he will fight...

Macedonia 17.10.21 | 23:11

Nikoloski urges Zaev to come out and congratulate VMRO-DPMNE on their victory

VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski called on Zoran Zaev to address the public in face of the drubbing his SDSM party faced in the local elections, and to acknowledge his defeat. I think it is fair that Zoran Zaev now comes out and congratulates VMRO-DPMNE on our victory. This is just the...

Macedonia 17.10.21 | 22:56

Zaev correctly predicted the score, but not the winner

With VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski set to address cheering supporters in downtown Skopje, after a string of major local election victories, SDSM leader Zoran Zaev is nowhere to be seen. Zaev sent an ashen faced deputy, Ljupco Nikolovski, to face the press at the SDSM headquarters. This is notable...

Macedonia 17.10.21 | 19:50

Zaev insists that the elections were free, fair and democratic

Despite numerous election day irregularities, reports of vote buying and attacks on journalist, Zoran Zaev insisted that the local elections organized by his Government were “fair, free and democratic, fit for a NATO member state and an aspiring EU member”. I believe that the voters will...

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