In times when we have a health, energy and economic crisis, it is completely useless to demand elections, said Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski in an interview for Kanal 5, in relation to VMRO-DPMNE’s demand for early parliamentary elections.
– You have nothing new to offer, but are only repeating every day that there should be elections. I have offered cooperation, I call on the opposition, academia, chambers of commerce, unions…for us to work together in times of a crisis, so that we have smaller consequences in the economy, the door is open for all wo want to help. However, VMRO-DPMNE’s demands for elections are not grounded, said Kovacevski.
He stressed that he will not accept intimidation about what would be discussed at a possible meeting with VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski.
– I will contact Mickoski, I will call him, I said we will not talk under intimidation. But I as a Prime Minister have to talk with everyone, but now the focus is on the energy crisis and on everything that is happening in the country. And I hope he accepts this as an argument and for us to talk”, said Prime Minister Kovacevski.
In regards to the accusations of VMRO-DPMNE that he is “Zaev’s pawn”, Kovacevski said that a person proves whether he decides independently based on the decisions he makes.
– I proposed a new Executive Board, new vice presidents and secretaries in the party, that is, different than the ones who were before. It was the same with the election of the Government, where I was guided by the principle of electing people with quality and knowledge for the position. I gave the proposals, while the party leadership approved them, outlined Kovacevski.
He added that half of the members of the Executive Board of SDSM are new people, as well as 75 percent of the vice presidents and 66 percent of the secretaries.
– Here I would make a parallel with VMRO-DPMNE, because before every election and every decision they have to go to Budapest for some kind of meeting. It is a fact that before every decision of VMRO-DPMNE is made, they need to go to Budapest with some formal excuse, in order to receive consent on what is being decided, stressed Kovacesvski.
The Prime Minister added that in the past period he has had contact with all former SDSM presidents, with the purpose to seek advices on leading the party, but also the country.
Translation: N. Cvetkovska