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Country Report Macedonia

  • ID: 2123793
  • May 2015
  • Region: Macedonia
  • 28 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

On May 13th, the minister of the interior, Gordana Jankulovska, and the director of the ministry's counter-intelligence service, Saso Mijalkov, resigned, in the latest escalation of a political crisis between Macedonia's main political parties that has gripped the country since late January. Both ministers had been key fixtures of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation-Democratic Party of Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) government since it first came to power in 2006. Mile Janakieski, the minister of transport and communications, also tendered his resignation. The common link between these three officials is communications, and revelations of the misuse of the Ministry of the Interior's signals intelligence and database control. This has been referred to by the opposition as a government wiretapping scandal, while the governing VMRO-DPMNE has dismissed it as a deliberate attempt from within at sabotage and blackmail.

The prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, praised the "professionalism and patriotism, calmness and wisdom" of the outgoing interior ministry officials. The prime minister also singled out Mr Janakieski's efforts at liberalising the telecoms market READ MORE >

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Country Report Macedonia

Three officials resign as crisis nears conclusion
Resignations prompted by the wiretapping scandal
SDSM will go ahead with its protest planned for May 17th

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