Macedonia's VMRO-DPMNE to regroup in opposition

Macedonia's VMRO-DPMNE to regroup in opposition
By bne IntelliNews June 4, 2017

The leader of Macedonia’s VMRO-DPMNE party, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, has announced a complete reorganisation of the party, stressing that the conservatives will soon be back on power.

VMRO-DPMNE is newly in opposition, after the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) led government was approved by the parliament at the end of May, following months of political vacuum. VMRO, which narrowly won the December 2016 election but failed to form a government, appears to be regrouping in the hope of returning to power before long. 

“In the upcoming period the party will be completely reorganised, refreshed with new staff, restructured. We will act as a responsible and strong opposition that will quickly return to power,” Gruevski said in an interview with broadcaster Alfa, published on the party’s website.

Gruevski reiterated he has no plans to withdraw from the leadership of the party, because VMRO won the recent election and “the trust of the majority of citizens”.

The party’s new executive committee will be elected at the end of June.

Gruevski said that this will be an opportunity to introduce new people that will help the party to strengthen and return to power.

VMRO-DPMNE insists that Macedonia should to hold another snap general election at the same time as the local elections, which will probably take place in mid-October.

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