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Old 05-21-2018, 08:15 AM   #871
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The Macedonian court rejects corruption charges against Zoran Zaev (who took office and held in office by the influence of a few puppeteers in foreign diplomats, for the purpose of signing a deal with Greece), despite clear video evidence in which he asks for a bribe from a businessman. Yet the same courts' jailed Macedonian most famous opera singer Igor Dulovski, for terrorism based on video evidence him smiling during the storming of parliament last year.

Fucken travesty......

https://youtu.be/s1GYSX1jhHk
If you think the above is a travesty.....

Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva ignoring massive corruption around Zaev is bewildering. But then it made sense upon reading, last year Janeva's sister got a public grant to start a hair-dressing business, then a career advancement, as a couple of weeks ago, Janeva's sister was named by the government as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

They aren't even trying to hide their corruption.
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Old 05-21-2018, 09:41 PM   #872
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Macedonia Court Acquits Zaev of Bribery Charge

Skopje’s Criminal Court on Monday acquitted Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of soliciting bribes from a businessman in his home town of Strumica – a case in which Zaev claimed he was politically framed by the previous government.

A Macedonian court has ruled that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev was not guilty of having solicited a bribe of 200,000 euros to help a local businessman buy land in his home town of Strumica.

“I am happy about the acquittal and that I finally proved my innocence and received justice,” Zaev said in front of the court after the ruling was issued.

The charges were raised in 2015 amid a deep political crisis in Macedonia, when Zaev was an opposition leader and mayor of Strumica.

He was charged shortly after he started releasing batches of illegally wiretapped conversations that pointed to widespread corruption in the previous government of Nikola Gruevski.

The compromising tapes sparked a political crisis and eventually led to the fall of Gruevski's government last year.

Initially, Zaev was accused of taking a 200,000 euros bribe in order to help privatise the public land that the businessman wanted to purchase.

However, the prosecution later changed its charges from taking to merely soliciting bribes – a milder offence.

Zaev insisted that Gruevski’s government had framed him, to discredit both him and his allegations of widespread corruption.

The case was widely exploited in public, including the use of police video surveillance footage, that Gruevski's VMRO DPMNE party insisted offered proof of Zaev's wrongdoing.

The footage depicted Zaev’s conversation with the businessman over certain financial transactions.

But Zaev insisted that the leaked video was cut several times to make it look as if he was soliciting bribery, while he insisted he was only asking for donations to build a church in his home town.

The court this year played the entire uncut video at one of its sessions. However, the public was excluded from this session.

Zaev on Monday said that he would demand that the court permit the publication of the entire video, and said that he would publish it himself if he receives it from the authorities
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:12 PM   #873
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Zaev working towards that 2 thirds majority

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Macedonia PM Recruits Albanian Parties to Boost Majority

Macedonia's prime minister is to submit his proposed government reshuffle to parliament today in a bid to increase his slim majority by adding two small ethnic Albanian parties to his ruling coalition

The reshuffle proposed by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Tuesday is the first since the election of his government last year, and will see two small ethnic Albanian parties join the ruling coalition, boosting its support in the assembly.

The Democratic Party of Albanians, DPA, which controls two MPs in parliament, will get one ministerial post and one deputy minister.

The DPA’s Bardhyl Dauti will be appointed as a minister without portfolio in charge of foreign investments while Musadik Beqiri will be appointed deputy Minister for Transport.

Another small party, BESA - actually the larger of two BESA factions in parliament, which controls three of BESA’s five MPs - will take over the helm of the Culture Ministry.

BESA’s Asaf Ademi will be the new Culture Minister, replacing Robert Alagjozoski who comes from the ranks of Zaev’s main ruling Social Democrats.

BESA is also to get deputy ministerial posts in the Foreign Ministry and in the Labour Ministry.

The proposed reshuffle also envisages change in the Education Ministry where current minister from the ranks of the Social Democrats, Renata Deskoska would be shifted to lead the Justice Ministry.

The new proposed Education Minister will be her current deputy, Arbr Ademi from the junior ruling Democratic Union for Integration.

Earlier this week, Zaev told media that he hopes that the government reshuffle will pass in parliament by the end of this month.

The reshuffle, which will bring five more MPs to back the government, will ease pressure on Zaev’s wafer-thin majority in parliament, where since his election in April 2017 he has relied on the support of just 61 of 120 MPs and on occasional support from several other MPs who were formerly aligned with the opposition.

The reshuffle comes as Zaev braces for a backlash by opponents to a possible deal with Greece over Macedonia’s name, which Athens wants changed before it drops its objection to Skopje’s NATO and European Union membership.

BIRN sources within the ruling majority recently said that after the government reshuffle, the administration is also planning changes in about 30 per cent of the directorial posts in public institutions and companies, which will be based on managers’ past performance.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:14 PM   #874
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An indication of things to come?

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Former Macedonian official jailed over police car purchase

SKOPJE, Macedonia — A Macedonian court has convicted a former senior interior ministry official of abuse of office and sentenced him to nine years in prison over a police patrol car procurement deal.

The Skopje criminal court ruled on Tuesday that Gjoko Popovski failed to select the cheapest offer in the purchase of 300 vehicles in 2008, overcharging the state coffers by more than 450,000 euros ($530,000).

Popovski was the ministry’s chief for procurements under Macedonia’s previous conservative administration. He denied any wrongdoing.

The court also ordered Popovski to compensate the state for lost funds, and froze his assets.

Popovski’s defense lawyers said they would appeal the verdict.
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An indication of things to come?
Sounds like a highly advanced economic decision to me.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:51 PM   #876
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If a video of the debate is available, please feel free to post it below


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Leaders' First TV Duel in Years Grips Macedonia

Macedonian viewers on Wednesday tuned into the first live televised debate between a Prime Minister and an opposition leader in 16 years to hear them thrash out the big issues of the day.

A three-hour televised duel between Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and opposition leader Hristijan Mickovski, the first such event in 16 years, attracted intense attention from viewers in the country and drew heat on social networks.

Major national topics, such as the dispute over Macedonia's name with neighbouring Greece, NATO and EU perspectives, the economy, judicial independence and administration reforms dominated the face-off.

The Prime Minister and leader of the main ruling Social Democratic Union, SDSM, insisted on the need for political leadership in finding a solution to the long-standing name dispute with Greece in order to unlock the country’s blocked NATO and EU accession bids.

Zaev said that his government was only a short way away from finding a “creative solution” on the name issue.

He added that restarting economic growth after years of political crisis, thorough reforms of the judiciary and administration, as well as improving the government's transparency and freedom of speech and the media were also in his focus.

He commended the former ruling right-wing opposition VMRO DPMNE party for ending its boycott of parliament earlier this year, which he said had calmed the political situation and would help Macedonia get a clear recommendation from the European Commission to start EU accession talks.

Mickovski, who took over the VMRO DPMNE party from Nikola Gruevski – who this week received a jail sentence – attacked Zaev’s government, however, which he likened to a “Tsunami”, insisting that it had failed to deliver on all of its promises.

He said the judiciary was run according to the government’s dictates, claimed civil servants were being harassed and laid off based on their political affiliation and maintained that the economy was in decline.

However, he said the opposition would not embark on yet another parliament boycott as it wished to remain constructive.

Regarding the "name" dispute, Mickovski accused Zaev of undermining the country’s positions in the UN-sponsored talks with Greece and of trading with national interests.

The last televised duel between a Prime Minister and an opposition leader took place in 2002 between the then opposition Social Democrat leader Branko Crvenkovski and the then Prime Minister and VMRO DPMNE leader Ljubco Georgievski.

In the September 15 parliamentary elections held later that year, Crvenkovski won convincingly.

A VMRO DPMNE policy of avoiding direct debates with political opponents began when Gruevski became party leader in 2003. Gruevski continued this policy after he took power in 2006 and did not take part in a single TV duel during his 11 years in office.

Rebuffing opposition calls for TV debates over the years, Gruevski's party often responded that there was no need for them because VMRO DPMNE presented its policies to the people every day.

Other VMRO DPMNE top officials followed the same line, which several reports by Brussels and Washington noted as a serious deficiency in Macedonia's democratic culture.

Mickovski succeeded Gruevski as leader of VMRO DPMNE in autumn 2017, after the party lost power earlier that year, following a prolonged political crisis, and after many of its top officials, including Gruevski, faced criminal charges over their time in office brought by the Special Prosecution, the body tasked with investigating high-level crime
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The TV duel is available on YouTube.

Here is part 1, you can follow it to part 2, 3, etc to conclusion.

https://youtu.be/Z5Ji9hYDios
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Old 05-26-2018, 03:03 PM   #878
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For the first time, there are over 1000 Macedonians from Albania on the waiting list for a Bulgarian passport

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Those offspring of former Turkish nationals will be applauded for their disgusting behaviour in Greece.
Well he mocked the Pontian genocide. I don't like violence but let's not take things out of context
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Well he mocked the Pontian genocide. I don't like violence but let's not take things out of context
Pontians give zero fucks about the Macedonian genocide.

I recall being in Greece 10 years ago and seeing all this drivel about the Pontians on TV. My relatives were all so sad about the fate of these people. Yet they had already forgotten how their own people were hiding from the Greek pigs who were hunting them down. Amazing country.
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