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Resignation of FYR Macedonian opposition party leader likely to split opposition, ease policy-making for ruling coalition

13 December 2017


On 10 December 2017, the resignation of Nikola Gruevski, the leader of the opposition nationalist Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE), was accepted by the central committee of the party in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) Macedonia.

Gruevski was elected chairperson of VMRO-DPMNE in 2003 and held the post of prime minister for four terms from 2006 to early 2016. Gruevski resigned as prime minister after revelations of his administration's involvement in corruption and abuse of power, in particular the use of illegal wire-taps on about 20,000 individuals, including officials and journalists. The party's congress will vote for a new VMRO-DPMNE leader on 22-23 December.

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