The offensive with insults and humiliations that the opposition, in the first minute after his election as president of SDSM, undertakes against Dimitar Kovacevski, has all the characteristics of a confirmed wrong policy that was often practiced in Macedonia. Instead of congratulating him on the election, and then possibly massacring him in character and politics, VMRO-DPMNE hastened to officially, in a party statement, characterize the new president of SDSM as “Zaev’s pawn”, as “implementer of Zaevism” As a follower of corruption and various other ongoing catastrophes from the White House Critical Register. Even the very way of direct general party elections in SDSM, in competition with two opponents of Kovacevski who did not leave the impression that they are there only because of a pre-arranged parade, the opposition characterizes it as an intra-party “theater”.
I guess I am not the only one who remembers the celebrations in SDSM when Nikola Gruevski was elected successor of Ljubco Georgievski. VMRO-DPMNE was then in a deep, diverse crisis, and Gruevski – even among many, if not most who voted for him in his party – was seen only as a temporary “heater” in the chair, until Georgievski decided to return to the helm of the party. With such a new leader of the opposition, the then SDSM was convinced that it would rule for another hundred years. “God bless him!”, Was the most serious political comment of his ideological opponents…
And God really revived him, not only more than ten years soon after coming to power, but to this day, after he fell from power and from the moral pedestal of lifelong inspiration for the leadership of VMRO-DPMNE.
Then followed the election of his successor, Hristijan Mickoski, as a new occasion for celebration in SDSM. And with him at the head of the opposition, Zaev’s government thought that he would rule the Macedonian state for another hundred years. That’s right, many in his rather disintegrated party structure thought so for several years. The restoration of the party government in VMRO-DPMNE by Mickoski is quite fresh, and not a very democratic affair, but at the last election party congress let – well, it was really impressive, well-directed theater – Mickoski with only two invalid ballots (the third is his, because he allegedly did not vote for himself) accurately secured the new party presidency, with the hope that VMRO-DPMNE will soon return him to power in the country.
Today, well-meaning critics say that Kovacevski, for a start, does not have the flying leadership charisma to reinvent the ruined reputation of SDSM both in the party and in the general public. It is said that his profile is more technocratic, in business management style, and that both the internal and external Macedonian situation require maneuvers between cunning, perseverance and political qualification to solve big problems, qualities that the public is not sure he possesses.
But again, a useful reminder of personal charisma: when Gruevski, at one time, stood under the main leadership spotlights in the country, his charisma was mainly reduced to a budget “pizza master”, with a modest amateur theater and banking experience and the self-confidence of a high school student with a serious posture. stress on a range of adolescent issues; Zaev, on the other hand, at the beginning, was seen as a Strumica provincial wandering in high politics, who would soon be “eaten for breakfast” from the large kitchens of the Velegrad political masters, although, even then, even with a visible “Duracel” energy charge . Both of them performed miracles on the opposite sexes in the social interests of the country.
As for Mickoski’s charisma, the jury is still sitting, because it is visible, recently, the effort to soften its established leadership arrogance, both in appearance and content.
Elem, bearing in mind the instructive and traditional political underestimations of the opponents here, the “under-dog” position seems to be a promising starting point with which Kovacevski enters the party, and probably soon the state leadership mandate. This gives him wider room for maneuver to establish his own, albeit mixed, old-new political and personnel structure (team!), Which we will initially check in two weeks, when he himself will influence the election of the narrower, renewed party leadership.
Kovacevski is fully qualified in finance, business and energy, and the pandemic may end sooner than we would like and hope… But will he succeed in his regional and wider international positioning, so important for the Macedonian perspective? And, even more, in the labyrinths of the interethnic democratic project in Macedonia?
In politics, guarantees for nothing are given in advance. If the name is destiny, Kovacevski himself will be a blacksmith of his own. We are already tired of everything.