Gruevski Reveals Punitive Rhetoric at Gathering in Skopje

Time: 7:50 a.m. CEST

Former Prime minister and president of the VMRO-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity, Nikola Gruevski disclosed his strategy for the possible early elections on April 24, 2016 during the speech on Sunday. Almost one week after the Assembly voted for a caretaker (interim government,) which role should be only organization of an early elections in accordance with July 15 Agreement, Gruevski pointed out to the people, as the only one who will deliver punishment on the elections for all with political ambitions. Gruevski spoke before the members of the party, including the newly elected interim prime minister, Emil Dimitriev, who is also a General Secretary of VMRO-DPMNE’s party.

Gruevski felt that he is under pressure for lack of democracy. At the annual meeting of the Union of Women of VMRO-DPMNE, Gruevski admitted that democracy processes in the country need improvements. But, Gruevski verbally attacked the opponents, as he said, “All criminals with political ambitions.” His words, as delivered at official gathering of VMRO-DPMNE’s membership in a sport hall “Jane Sandanski” in Skopje revealed punitive rhetoric, something Gruevski as a prime minister, probably would never say.

But, as media in Skopje published Gruevski called people to kick out on elections those who tried to overtake the power, as Gruevski said, with “massive fraud in cooperation with foreign intelligence services, criminals, counterfeiters.” With the same tone of speech, Gruevski mentioned newly appointed Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva and the European Union mediator Peter van Houte in the same sentence, as people who are possibly instruments to those who want to take the power of VMRO-DPMNE.

“All criminals with political ambitions who will dare to think it could came on power with bribes, fraud, edited conversations, activities to discourage the investors and the opening of the desired jobs, will be kicked out on the next elections from the majority of people throughout massive turnout,” Gruevski said.

The annual speech of Gruevski at the Union of Women of VMRO-DPMNE come at the time of stalled European integration processes, which are compensated with the idea for foreign investments and building up factories in highly promoted free economic zones in Macedonia.

On July 15, Gruevski agreed to sign an agreement with the European Union for a set of measures settled among him, the president of Social Democratic Union of Macedonia Zoran Zaev and two presidents of main parties of Albanians represented in the Assembly. With the agreement and set of other measures defined in the urgent reform priorities by other EU experts, the current political establishment in the country should work together in enabling fair election process. A Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva should investigate the content of the disclosed intercepted conversations, revealed by SDSM president Zaev last year. On Wednesday, the members of the Parliament should vote for Special Prosecutor’s office budget for 2016.


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