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DAILY BRIEF (23:00) State of emergency, day 62: Government denies having held a session, VMRO-DPMNE has no funds for a Facebook campaign – it has money for a black campaign, political victory in the name of hatred and violence is a defeat for all

The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia denies the disinformation that it held a meeting today and that decisions have been made in regards to the measures for dealing with the coronavirus.

“Today there was no government session and no government decisions have been made. All decisions on the measures for dealing with COVID-19 are made only by government decisions. The public will immediately be informed when the next government session will be scheduled, as well as in regards to any next decision of the government”, announced the Government.

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SDSM President Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook profile that elections have to be held as soon as possible.

– Elections have to be held and as soon as possible. We need fully functional institutions in order to protect the public health, set and lead the new Macedonian economy aimed at development.

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WITHOUT FILTER: Political victory in the name of hatred and violence is a defeat for all

video column by Xhabir Deralla

The point is that political points, and even political victory, won on the basis of hatred, on the basis of calls for extermination, can never be a victory for all. It will be a victory for several people, and on the basis of that victory, everyone in society, the entire country will have to live in misery… All of us!

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The opposition party VMRO-DPMNE is constantly finding “justifications” not to go to elections. One of the excuses is that they don’t have money for a political Facebook campaign. Aleksandar Nikolovski from VMRO-DPMNE said that his party wants elections with a normal campaign that implies rallies and field activities. As part of the reasons he also indicated the inability to meet with farmers, but also the lack of funds for a Facebook campaign.

“We will not go to Facebook elections. A Facebook campaign is not a campaign”, said Nikolovski.

And yet, VMRO-DPMNE’s Advisory Group and the Coalition of the City of Skopje do have money to sponsor a video with black campaign against the Mayor of the City of Skopje, Petre

Shilegov. The video was posted yesterday and has so far been shared around a hundred times and has about thirty comments, most of which are insulting and contain hate speech.

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Additional Deputy Minister of Interior Slavjanka Petrovska, in relation to the footage in which VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Misckoski can be seen training in a gym during curfew hours, pointed out that the investigation is still open for this case.

“I will not comment about the part with the glare as it has caused serious criticism in the public, because this has casted a shadow over the professional work. Minister Chulev tried to defend him and currently the hard drives from the gym are being examined. The purpose of the examination is to check the credibility of the footage and to see if something has been deleted from the hard drives, and that is why the investigation is not finished”, said Petrovska.

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The Mayor of the City of Skopje, Petre Shilegov, on his Facebook profile announced that today seven of the 33 busses have arrived for the Public Transportation Enterprise – Skopje.

“They arrived home. Seven of the 33… Skopje, a different story”, wrote Shilegov on Facebook.

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As of today, 1.65 billion denars have been paid to over 120.000 employees of 18.559 companies through the measure 14.500 denars financial support per employee, informed Minister of Finance Nina Angelovska.

-The number of supported employees and companies through the measure 14.500 denars per employee is increasing day by day, wrote Angelovska on her Facebook profile.

Dehran Muratov

Translation: N. Cvetkovska

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