New reactions to Staff-related developments at SDSM and announced Reshuffle

“SDSM is essentially changing itself in the interest of the country and citizens,” Kostadin Kostadinov, spokesperson for the ruling party, said on Tuesday regarding the latest developments within the frameworks of SDSM. He also announced the start of the process for new heads of municipal organisations. “Through a public, open call, the process for self-nomination of heads of SDSM’s municipal organisations is starting today, following the President of the party’s decision to dismiss all heads,” he said, urging all interested SDSM members meeting the criteria to apply. The same day, VMRO-DPMNE once again criticised the ruling party over the decisions announced after the session of the Central Board on Sunday. “PM and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev once again showed that the only thing he cares about is his business, his rating at SDSM and saving himself. The government’s inability cannot be covered up only by dismissals at a party level,” Naum Stoilkovski, spokesperson for Hristijan Mickoski’s party, pointed out. Also on Tuesday, Finance Minister Dragan Tevdovski said he had trust in Zaev’s decisions. “I’m fully committed to the changes and reforms that are underway at the Ministry and I have full trust in the PM’s policies. So far, huge steps forward have been taken. The country is moving in the right direction. I will fully respect all of his decisions,” he stated regarding the announced reshuffle. The Minister of Transport and Communications, Goran Sugareski, stated that a great deal of the party’s members were doing a great job. “I expect the whole process at SDSM to be completed in 15-20 days,” he noted. Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi, who is a member of DUI, said he expected the leader of his party, Ali Ahmeti, and Zaev to hold a meeting about the issue this week. “The negotiations are underway. However, it’s more about sharing mutual opinions on which departments should see improvement or strengthening of capacities,” he stressed.