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Siljanovska hails support from Kurz, Daul, says she has wind at her back

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Presidential candidate Gordana Siljanovska Davkova took the stage at a campaign rally Wednesday night in Kratovo, telling the voters that she has garnered support from the president of the European People’s Party. “With EPP’s backing I have the wind at my back,” she said.

“Today I want to mention the support from abroad, and this support means a lot to me. The President of the European People’s Party, Joseph Daul, stands behind us, this is what he had promised in Brussels. Earlier, Mr. Kurz [Austrian Chancellor] also held out a promise of support. This is really a strong wind at our back,” Siljanovska told the supporters.

According to her, “the Zaevism is not a philosophy, but a methodology of authoritarianism – a principle of blind submission to authority as opposed to individual freedom of thought and action. They opt to concentrate power in the hands of a leader or a small elite. But, the voters will put an end to such a rule. They will sweep the government from power because it doesn’t keep its promises.”

“The Government has neither desire nor knowledge to pursue genuine reforms,” Siljanovska said, adding that nepotism, criminal behavior and corruption are reminiscent of SDSM and Zaev.
She urged the voters to turn out in large numbers on 21 April and 5 May and cast their ballot for rule of law.

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North Macedonia, Serbia sign memorandum of cooperation to facilitate digitalization

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North Macedonia’s Ministry of Information Society and Administration and Serbian Government’s  Office on Information Technologies and Electronic Administration have signed a memorandum of cooperation to promote innovation and drive digital transformation.

Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damja Mancevski underlined the importance of digital transformation in improving the every day’s life of the citizens, by use of simple tools to access the services needed.

“The Government is committed to transparency, improving efficiency in public service delivery, accountability in the work of institutions. Therefore, we decided to change and upgrade the wib-sites of the Government and all Ministries. That’s how we put in motion our pledges set out in the Public Administration Reform Strategy, in an effort to secure accessibility of all institutions,” Mancevski said.

Serbia’s Jovanovic said the Memorandum of Cooperation aims to facilitate digital transformation. The Memo is a result of good cooperation between the Prime Ministers of Serbia and North Macedonia, Ana Brnbic and Zoran Zaev. Furthermore, it reflects the visible results of Serbian Government in terms of digitalization of public administration and launch of ‘Serbia digitalizes’ project.

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SDSM: Mickoski evades party leader meeting

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The ruling Social Democrats blamed the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party of trying to block reform drive and hurt the country. “Hristijan Mickoski is running away from party leader meeting,” the SDSM said on Friday.

“He objects the census, yet he doesn’t want to sit at the table and talk. Mickoski wants the country’s population to remain officially uncounted for early two decades. The country does not  keep track of its population for 18 years. He follows in the footsteps of VMRO-DPMNE’s criminal wing. Mickoski is against justice. He is against rule of law and non-selective justice. He remains adamantly opposed to the ‘equality before the law’ principle. Mickoski is running away from talks on public prosecution law,” the Social Democrats said in a statement.

The ruling party claims Mickoski is allegedly making a push for snap election, but actually, he doesn’t want to talk about electoral code, because he knows he will be defeated.

“SDSM will not allow destructions. SDSM stands firm against any attempt to hinder the progress and reform drive. Any attempt to harbor Nikola Gruevski will fail, any attempt to cover for Gruevski’s wrongdoing will fail,” the ruling party said.

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North Macedonia, South Korea establish diplomatic ties

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South Korea has formally established diplomatic relations with North Macedonia, Yonhap news agency quotes the Seoul-based foreign ministry as saying on Thursday.

Ambassador to the United Nations Cho Tae-yul signed the joint communique with Sanja Zografska Krsteska, North Macedonia’s charge d’affaires at the U.N. on Thursday, the ministry said.

North Macedonia is the 191st country to have established formal ties with South Korea.

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