Tag: Zaev
Macedonia 07.05.21 | 15:55

Zaev doesn’t expect any move from Pendarovski on the April 27th process, but is open to the possibility of a retrial

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that he doesn’t expect anything to come out of the meeting between President Stevo Pendarovski and VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski, but that it is good to talk. Mickoski and Pendarovski are discussing VMRO’s demand for a retrial of the defendants in the April 27th...

Macedonia 07.05.21 | 11:11

Zaev associates joined him to the front of the vaccination line

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev got vaccinated yesterday, but with him, a number of people from his office who do not meet age or healthcare criteria, also got the vaccine. Macedonian healthcare authorities are still struggling with providing vaccines to the citizens, as the country was among the lowest in...

Macedonia 06.05.21 | 15:46

Zaev insists that no amnesty is given to the April 27th defendants, but is open to a retrial

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev urged President Pendarovski not to offer amnesties to the defendants from the April 27th trial, but said that he is open to the idea of having a retrial. Zaev abused the extensive process about the storming of the Parliament in 2017 to blackmail and pressure VMRO-DPMNE members...

Macedonia 06.05.21 | 15:17

EU enlargement: Zaev hopes Macedonia will remain in group with Albania, wants to negotiate with Radev and the caretaker Government of Bulgaria

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev expressed hope that Macedonia will remain coupled with Albania when it comes to EU accession and that both countries will be allowed to advance in the process. The statement comes as he faces another major foreign policy humiliation – a year ago many in Macedonia were...

Macedonia 06.05.21 | 15:06

Zaev confirms a payment was made in the Chinese vaccine deal

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today also confirmed that an attempt was made to make a deal through this shell company and urged the press to talk to his Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce for more details. We talked to dozens of companies. We paid advance guarantees. Of course that this payment was returned,...

Macedonia 06.05.21 | 15:04

Corruption watchdog confirms that Zaev and Filipce paid 7.8 million USD to a shell company in a failed vaccine scheme

The Anti-Corruption Commission (DKSK) confirmed reports from VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski that the Healthcare Ministry paid 7.8 million USD to a shell company for the purchase of vaccines. The attempt to use a company that is clearly unqualified for the job prompted the Chinese side to pull out...

Macedonia 06.05.21 | 09:06

Zaev will get vaccinated after reports that only half of those who registered actually come to take the shot

The Government announced that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will get vaccinated today. They did not reveal what vaccine will he take. The country now finally has a modest stockpile of vaccines allowing for up to 15,000 people to get vaccinated daily, but it was reported that interest is down, with only about...

Macedonia 05.05.21 | 12:21

Zaev now insists that Macedonia doesn’t have to join the EU at all cost

With the growing threat that Macedonia will be left out of EU enlargement while Albania is allowed to advance, Zoran Zaev insisted that it is possible to reach a deal with Bulgaria, but added that he doesn’t want entry into the EU “at all cost”. Bulgaria is blocking Macedonia from opening...

Macedonia 05.05.21 | 11:17

Zaev dismisses reports he will face challenge from his predecessor Branko Crvenkovski

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev expressed hope that his predecessor Branko Crvenkovski will not form a new party and divide SDSM up ahead of the key October municipal elections. Crvenkovski, who is SDSM founder and former Prime Minister and President, was politically inactive since 2013, but early this year...

Macedonia 04.05.21 | 11:19

Zaev and Pendarovski did not come to pay their respects to Goce Delcev

Neither Zaev not President Pendarovski appeared at the Goce Delcev memorial in Skopje, on the 118th anniversary of his death. Both sent officials from their cabinets to the St. Spas church, where Delcev is buried, to represent them. It is common with the Zaev regime that its officials avoid honoring...

Macedonia 28.04.21 | 20:55

Zaev: I can’t accept stubbornness in public officials

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev defended his decision to sack chief product safety inspector Stojko Paunovski by claiming the was “stubborn” and failed to implement a Government decision. Paunovski, a fried of Zaev and an official of his SDSM party, refused to admit three dozen unqualified ethnic...

Macedonia 28.04.21 | 18:01

Zaev insists that the seizure of smuggled marijuana from a farm allegedly owned by his family was a successful police operation

In a written letter to question submitted by a VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev insisted that the seizure of 200 kilograms of marijuana from a farm near Bitola was a successful operation and there is no need for accountability at the Government level. The drugs were seized three...

Macedonia 27.04.21 | 20:42

Zaev congratulates Edi Rama in Albanian

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev congratulated Edi Rama on his election win in a message in Macedonian, Albanian and English. Rama declared victory in a contested election. Congratulations to my dear friend Edi Rama on election victory. (North) Macedonia and Albania will continue forward even more bravely as...

Macedonia 27.04.21 | 19:54

Ousted inspection chief Paunovski says he had a dispute with Deputy Prime Minister Grubi, and not with Zaev

After he was removed from office Stojko Paunovski, director of the DPI product safety inspection service, said that he was ousted due to pressure from the office of First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi. Paunovski, a personal friend of Zoran Zaev, refused to admit unqualified Albanian employees into...

Macedonia 26.04.21 | 23:30

“Zaev was managing the April 27th trial through judge Kacarska”

The April 27th trial was monitored by Zoran Zaev and judge Dobrila Kacarska made her verdicts in clear coordination with her boss, said VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski. Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Skopje yesterday to demand the release of the 16 protesters and police officers...

Macedonia 26.04.21 | 23:20

Mickoski warns Xhaferi and Zaev not to play with fire after the opposition was denied the right to speak in the Parliament

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski warned Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi that they are playing with fire, after the VMRO members of Parliament were not allowed to speak during the discussion in the vote of no confidence procedure for Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski. Treatment...

Macedonia 26.04.21 | 17:44

Zaev will initiate the removal of the director who refused to admit Albanian “diversity hires”

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced that he will put the removal of product safety director Stojko Paunovski at the agenda of the Government tomorrow. Paunovski, a personal friend of Zaev and an official of the ruling SDSM party, refused to admit three dozen ethnic Albanian “diversity hires”...

Macedonia 24.04.21 | 13:34

Proposed bill to give Albanians Macedonian citizenship which was discussed between Zaev, Sela and Gashi will be revealed next week

The Albanian opposition parties – Alliance of Albanians and Alternative, announced they will submit their proposal for a citizenship law to the Government on Monday. The parties, and the ruling SDSM party, are tight-lipped about the proposal which was agreed between party leaders Zoran Zaev, Ziadin...

Macedonia 23.04.21 | 10:26

Zaev is on the verge of complete victory over the “urban wing” of the SDSM party

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev intends to fully abolish the position of deputy leader of the party as Radmila Sekerinska announced she will not seek another term in this office. Since 2013, Zaev and Sekerinska together led the party, which also appointed a number of additional Vice Presidents. Fokus reports...

Macedonia 22.04.21 | 15:09

Zaev directs journalists to ask Sekerinska about their split at the top of the SDSM party

Zoran Zaev refused to answer directly when asked today if his number two, Radmila Sekerinska, is distancing herself from the SDSM party. Sekerinska announced that she will not run for Vice President of the party at the coming congress, after providing Zaev with legitimacy in the eyes of the party’s...

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