Time: 11:30 p.m. CEST Update: Nov.28 2:16 a.m. CEST
Photography, videography and story by Aleksandra Dukovska
VMRO-DPMNE and other political parties gathered under the coalition “For Better Macedonia” held the political rally in Skopje after one week of the beginning of the election campaign in Macedonia for the early elections on December 11, 2016. In the recognizable iconography and patriotic songs and guests of the European right parties, this coalition made the representation of their candidates for seven electoral units in Macedonia.
Video highlights of the rally of VMRO-DPMNE and their coalition partners in Skopje on November 27, 2016
From the heavily branded stage in Skopje, in front of many supporters and mixed audience, former Prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who runs against opposition president Zoran Zaev in the Electoral Unit 4, addressed the issues, as he stated, “Selling of the national interests,” by some leaders and members of the opposition.
Gruevski addressed the possible bilingualism and said that the opposition “offers bilingualism on the whole territory, and offers suggestions, which someone did not dream on he can get even with the war.” Gruevski pointed out that opposition “gambles with the foreign position” of the state. Gruevski talked to the undecided voters, and to the voters of the opposition, asking of them to think before they give the vote on the Election Day.
Foreign Minister of Austria and member of the European People’s Party, which is European center and center-right group, addressed the rally and thanked to the government of Macedonia for its help during the migration crisis and closing of the so-called Balkan Route for migrants and refugees. Sebastian Kurz appeared in the company of the Republic of Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki, who is also first on the list for Skopje, facing the candidates of opposition and non-governmental coalition. Kurz addressed people and political officials from the stage and behind the podium with main campaign slogan “You know what is better, for you, for Macedonia.”