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SEC confirms Candidacies filed by Pendarovski and Siljanovska Davkova

On Thursday, the State Election Commission (SEC) confirmed the candidacies filed by Stevo Pendarovski and Gordana Siljanovska Davkova. That means that there are now three official candidates in the presidential race, those two and Blerim Reka. The same day, Macedonia Blocks filed a criminal charge against the SEC members. According to the movement, several crimes were committed by them that ...

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Mickoski and Siljanovska Davkova hold Meetings in Brussels

Within the frameworks of their visit to Brussels, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski and his party’s presidential candidate, Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, met on Wednesday with MEPs Eduard Kukan and Marijana Petir. As Mickoski said, the legal state and rule of law have been endangered in Macedonia, which is also faced with widespread corruption. “That has also been noted in relevant reports ...

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EC praises Macedonia, but Also reiterates Reforms aren’t Finished

Praise for the reforms, but also a reminder that they’re still not finished were the messages sent by the European Commission after the 15th meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between Macedonia and the European Union, held on Tuesday in Brussels. Despite the very positive reaction of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, ...

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Working breakfast: Dutch FM Blok underlines Importance of reforms

The Netherlands and France are still reserved in terms of whether Macedonia is genuinely ready to start EU membership negotiations. The two countries were greatly reserved also during in June 2018. However, after Monday’s working breakfast with EU FMs, it became clear that, finally, seriously fighting crime and corruption as well as genuine implementation of reforms will be of key ...

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27 April case: 16 defendants Given combined Sentence of 211 years in Prison

The verdicts in the trial over the 27 April 2017 attacks in Parliament were announced on Friday. Former Public Security Bureau Director Mitko Cavkov was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Dusko Lazarov, Mitko Pesov, Goran Gjosevski, Munir Pepic, Jane Cento, Vlatko Trajkovski and Nikola Mitrevski were each given 15 years. Vilijam Mihajlovski was sentenced to 14 years in prison, ...

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Laskarci crash: Six faced With investigative Procedure

On Thursday, the Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigative procedure against six persons over the bus crash near Laskarci. Seven people were detained. An investigation was launched into six of them, while a precaution measure was requested for the seventh person. Prosecutor Saso Rajcev stated at a press-conference that the driver, who was among the suspects, had been driving over the ...

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Reactions to detention Measure for former PSB head Cavkov

According to the decision based on which former Public Security Bureau (PSB) Mitko Cavkov was taken to the investigative prison in Skopje on Tuesday as a result of the detention measure, he’d been planning to leave Macedonia and go to his villa in Chalkidiki before hearing the verdict in the trial over the 27 April 2017 attacks in Parliament. The ...

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ODIHR to have 279 observers for Presidential elections

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will have 279 observers for the presidential elections in Macedonia. The mission comprises a core team of 11 experts based in Skopje and 18 long-term observers, who will be deployed throughout the country in nine teams starting from 20 March. ODIHR will request that OSCE participating States provide 250 short-term ...

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Activities organised to Mark 76th anniversary of Deportation of Macedonian Jews

The 76th anniversary of the deportation of Macedonian Jews was marked on Monday with several activities. FM Nikola Dimitrov laid flowers at the statue commemorating 7,144 Macedonian Jews that were in 1943 taken from Skopje to the Treblinka camp. As he said, even after 76 years, the pain, sadness and bitterness over the monstrous attempt to destroy the Jewish people ...

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PM Zaev and VMRO-DPMNE leader Mickoski hold Leaders’ meeting

On Sunday, PM and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev and VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski held the leaders’ meeting. Providing conditions for presidential elections and reform laws were the discussed topics. After the meeting, Mickoski said they had exchanged facts about those matters. “We have concluded that Macedonia must go in a right direction,” the VMRO-DPMNE leader stressed. According to him, the ...

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