Local Choose takes place today in the neighboring republic North Macedonia, reported a BGNES.
1,824,864 people are eligible to vote. 301 candidates run for mayor’s office and 10,600 for municipal councilors. Twelve candidates are running for the mayor’s office of the capital Skopje. The second round of Choose takes place on October 31st.
The struggle in the Macedonian bloc is being fought between the ruling Social Democratic Union (SDSM) led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE led by Hristian Mickoski. Zaev said that again and again during the election campaign “together they put an end to the” regime “, went through hardships and rebuilt institutions. ” According to him, “The government has reached out to its neighbors, the country has become a member of NATO and has a clear European path and a successful census has been carried out.”
“RNM is the safest country in the Western Balkans. Here we have the most transparent government in which people speak freely.” said Zoran Zaev. The SDSM leader said that “in these Choose“The most important thing is that the country move forward instead of falling into isolation again.”as happened when former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski fled to Hungary.
During the election campaign, the opposition leader VMRO-DPMNE made serious accusations of “corruption and mafiaization of the state by Zoran Zaev and his entourage”. “These Choose is decided by a silent majority. From the citizens, whose voice is not heard in the media or in the squares, and that is the voice of the disappointed and desperate. “ said Mickoski. According to him, “On October 17th, RNM poll for a new future. “
In the Albanian bloc, the SDSM’s coalition partner, Ali Ahmeti’s Democratic Union for Integration, emerges as the most likely winner among the Albanians.
Ali Ahmeti bet on the “Albanian map” again. In the election he said“One day the country will have an Albanian president.” With this in mind, the current Mayor of Tetovo and candidate for a new term, Teuta Arifi, called it “the first Albanian city” and Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi called Tetovo the capital of the Albanians. According to him, “there is nothing that Tetovo will ask and the government in Skopje will not give.”
Relations with Bulgaria were often the subject of election campaigns this time too. While Zaev “promises and believes a quick solution to the disputes between the two countries” in his style, the current dispute sparked a violent anti-Bulgarian campaign and allegations against Sofia for the opposition leader. At the beginning of the election campaign, he even called for a unilateral withdrawal from the friendship agreement signed on August 1, 2017.
And this time, former Foreign Minister and current Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Dimitrov was the most active in hating Bulgaria for saying that “Bulgaria cannot be called a friendly country.”