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Macedonia: Ex-PM Gruevski slams foreign diplomats for 'interference' in domestic politics01:58

Macedonia: Ex-PM Gruevski slams foreign diplomats for 'interference' in domestic politics

the Republic of North Macedonia, Skopje
December 17, 2016 at 23:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

Leader of the nationalist VMRO DPMNE party and former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski blasted Macedonia’s foreign diplomats over their alleged interference in domestic politics, speaking in front of the State Electoral Commission (DIK) in Skopje, Saturday. The party leader was addressing his supporters who were protesting a possible annulment of Macedonia’s recent parliamentary elections, which VMRO DPMNE narrowly won according to preliminary results.

Gruevski said "Certain ambassadors started to interfere excessively in the internal politics of this country. This must stop. We remain open for communicating with every ambassador and representative of other states, but certain ambassadors who started to interfere excessively in our internal politics, must stop doing that."

Speaking on the DIK's review of reported irregularities and the possibility of the annulment of the election result, Gruevski stated that his party would abandon negotiations regarding the future of the country which included foreign ambassadors and representatives of other states.

According to preliminary results, VMRO DPMNE won 38.1 percent of the votes, with Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) coming in second with 36.6 percent.

Macedonia has been in political turmoil for more than a year, with numerous waves of protests taking place across the country following leaks of taped conversations of high-ranking government officials and ministers, including Gruevski. The leaks reportedly reveal electoral fraud, assassination cover ups and heavy interference in media policies and editorials.

A special prosecution team was formed to deal exclusively with wiretapping and has recently issued its first two criminal charges - one against Gruevski, another one against former Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski.

Macedonia: Ex-PM Gruevski slams foreign diplomats for 'interference' in domestic politics01:58
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Leader of the nationalist VMRO DPMNE party and former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski blasted Macedonia’s foreign diplomats over their alleged interference in domestic politics, speaking in front of the State Electoral Commission (DIK) in Skopje, Saturday. The party leader was addressing his supporters who were protesting a possible annulment of Macedonia’s recent parliamentary elections, which VMRO DPMNE narrowly won according to preliminary results.

Gruevski said "Certain ambassadors started to interfere excessively in the internal politics of this country. This must stop. We remain open for communicating with every ambassador and representative of other states, but certain ambassadors who started to interfere excessively in our internal politics, must stop doing that."

Speaking on the DIK's review of reported irregularities and the possibility of the annulment of the election result, Gruevski stated that his party would abandon negotiations regarding the future of the country which included foreign ambassadors and representatives of other states.

According to preliminary results, VMRO DPMNE won 38.1 percent of the votes, with Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) coming in second with 36.6 percent.

Macedonia has been in political turmoil for more than a year, with numerous waves of protests taking place across the country following leaks of taped conversations of high-ranking government officials and ministers, including Gruevski. The leaks reportedly reveal electoral fraud, assassination cover ups and heavy interference in media policies and editorials.

A special prosecution team was formed to deal exclusively with wiretapping and has recently issued its first two criminal charges - one against Gruevski, another one against former Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski.

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