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Zeqiri: A bitter victory – voters reward and punish governments

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This is a bitter victory and the outcome should be a lesson for everyone, Muhamed Zeqiri, SDSM’s lawmaker, wrote on social media Sunday night as Stevo Pendarovski and his main rival Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova emerged tied in the first round of the presidential vote.

Returns from the polls gave an indication Pendarovski and Siljanovska-Davkova will compete in a runoff early next month. The May 5 runoff is inevitable because the country’s election law requires a candidate to get 50% plus one of registered voters, not just voters who cast ballots for president, to be elected in the first round.

“It is high time that part of SDSM’s dignitaries assume responsibility, and it is also high time that great part of ethnic-Albanian political elite goes into retirement,” SDSM’s MP Zeqiri wrote on social media.

“A bitter victory. The result is a lesson for all. Voters know how to reward and how to sanction governments. Did we experience electoral sanctions? I send special regards to ethnic-Albanian voters who supported Stevo Pendarovski, and I also greet the excellent result of candidate Blerim Reka. The citizens Albanians have clearly demonstrated that some ethnic-Albanian politicians in the Republic of North Macedonia should retire.”

Both Zaev’s Social Democrats, and opposition VMRO-DPMNE proclaimed victory. Returns from the polls showed Pendarovski had a slight lead over Siljanovska, 323.040 versus 318.535, and third runner Reka 79.787 votes or 10,58 percent of the vote.

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Janeva denies involvement in racketeering

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Special prosecutor Katica Janeva dismissed the allegations on her involvement in ‘Racket’ case. During a press conference Tuesday, the head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SJO) claimed she has never abused office.

She apologized the public for the delayed public statement in relation to racketeering allegations.

Janeva said she is well aware that Bojan Jovanovski and other individuals had misused her name.

I had encountered difficult time of public outcry and accusations, but I choose not to show up in public to ensure there is no pressure or interference in the investigation.

“It is true that my son works at 1TV. But this does not necessary mean that the owner or anyone else could abuse my duty and enjoy privileges they are not entitled to. Therefore, I hope that a transparent court proceeding will put an end to allegations designed to disrupt my reputation,” Janeva said.

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Katica Janeva shows up at SJO

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The outgoing Head of Public Prosecutor’s Office (SJO), Katica Janeva, showed up at SJO premises Tuesday morning. She came to the office with an official vehicle, entering the building through the garage.

It is not clear if her sick leave was cut short, however, it is obvious that she is going to meet with her colleagues, the special prosecutors who had distanced themselves last week from any activities that she might have been involved.

Allegations on her involvement in ‘Racket’ case, although she is not a formal suspect, sparked public outcry given the fact that she chairs a panel prosecuting criminal offenses organized crime, corruption and abuse of office.

The Special Prosecutor’s Office (SJO) for prosecuting criminal offences related to and arising from the content of the wiretapped communication was established in 2015.

Janeva is on sick leave since July 15. The same day she didn’t show up at work, police detained Bojan Jovanovski alias Boki 13 and Zoran Milevski alias Kicheec amid extortion and money laundering probe. The two are suspected of racketeering a local businessman.

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Zaev denies conversation with Borissov over Kamcev

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“Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has never asked me to talk about Macedonian businessman Orce Kamcev,” PM Zoran Zaev said in an interview with BGNES.

Asked to comment ”Racket’ case and the unofficial reports that Sofia had allegedly asked that Kamcev be protected, Zaev said Bulgarian PM Borissov would never bring up such a demand because he is European-style prime minister and he respects the rule of law.

“We are European country, we want to speak about the future and opt for modern policy-making. This is the politics reminiscent of Macron and Merkel, politics oriented towards future, politics that delivers perspectives for young people,” Zaev told Bulgarian news agency.

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