Skopje, 5 May 2018 (MIA) – VMRO-DPMNE’s presidential candidate Gordana Siljanovska Davkova late on Sunday conceded defeat without openly congratulating her rival Stevo Pendarovski on his presidential victory.
“Numbers point out a defeat. Usually, the defeated don’t feel well, but I’ve never felt better, calmer and enlightened,” Siljanovska Davkova said speaking at a press conference at the party’s HQ.
She ‘wholeheartedly’ thanked all of her supporters and the citizens in general, saying she had felt their ‘enormous energy.’
Siljanovska Davkova said she had won 375,000 votes, calling it ‘a feat’.
The presidential hopeful said she was aware her rival had won, but ‘personally, I don’t feel as if though I have lost something.’
In a lengthy speech after preliminary results were announced, Siljanovska Davkova spoke about the political climate in Macedonia, wondering if the outcome would lead to reconciliation or division on several levels. “Nothing will ever be the same after these elections.”
Referring to the country’s new name, she reiterated she didn’t like it. “And the citizens don’t like it as well, which was proven at the name referendum, which might lead to a fresh polarization in the society.”
According to Siljanovska Davkova, particracy instead of democracy won at the presidential elections.
“Results show that this government is losing its legitimacy. The option of early parliamentary elections should be considered seriously,” she said amongst other things in her speech.