North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: SDSM Presidential Elections on March 21st, Party Congress on May 16th

On Wednesday evening, the Central Council of the ruling SDSM party held its twentieth teleconference session. On the agenda were various issues related to the current processes taking place in the party, internal change, modernization and democratization, as well as many important social issues of interest to citizens.

The Central Council approved the Report submitted by the General Secretary of the party, Ljupco Nikolovski, on the process carried out for the information of the members and the active registration, according to a press release of the party.

A common assessment is that the information process was successful. SDSM has over 80,000 members, the social democratic family is quite large, strong and united. SDSM is the first to make changes; is changing to better serve the citizens and the state.

The next step is the party’s first direct elections scheduled for March 21, in which all actively registered members will elect the SDSM President.

This is the culmination of intra-party democracy and brings new added value to our democratic society, the press release continues.

After the first direct elections, the Central Council decided, on May 16, 2021, to hold the 26th Congress of SDSM, on who will be elected.

In this case, the Central Committee approved the Regulation and Program for the procedure, manner and criteria for candidacy and election of members of the Central and Supervisory Board of SDSM. He authorized the Executive Committee to determine the agenda, time, place and manner of the Conference, taking into account the situation with the coronavirus.

Regarding current social issues, President Zaev said that the priority of the government remains the protection of citizens’ health, economic development, the fight against corruption and crime, as well as the continuation of reforms and progress in the country.

The number of new cases of coronavirus is increasing again and therefore new measures are being taken. Vaccines have been ordered in large numbers from various manufacturers that are expected to arrive in the country and the vaccination process of health professionals is successful. The state is ready for the rapid implementation of mass immunization of the population.

Regarding the rule of law and the fight against corruption in recent times, the strong political will and all the lies spread by the opposition, which remains the only one to defend crime, have been confirmed. SDSM has shown a strong commitment to justice, determination and stability, the fight against corruption to the end. Justice is here, anyone who has violated the law will face responsibility, said the party President and Prime Minister.

From an economic point of view, it is clear that the measures and policies taken by the SDSM-led government are yielding results. All economic parameters confirm that there is an increase in average wages and exports, the economy is returning to stable bases. We have serious announcements for young people, mainly foreign investors, as well as the expansion of existing foreign companies in the country, followed by serious, capital projects in the energy sector.

Regarding the current political situation, President Zaev noted that the parliamentary majority is stable with the prospect of further development and praised the cooperation in the governing coalition as very good.

Regarding the upcoming local elections and changes to the Electoral Code, President Zaev confirmed the position that SDSM is in favor of an electorate and supports the introduction of fingerprints during voting. However, all this requires amendments to the Electoral Code that must be adopted by consensus, without a vote.

President Zaev noted that with the information process, with the first internal party elections, SDSM set new standards and announced that after the 26th Congress new policies will be followed, which will set new standards at work. and will provide added value for the interest of citizens and the state.

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