U.S. designates former Deputy PM Kocho Angjushev for significant corruption
Skopje, 5 December 2023 (MIA) – The United States is designating Kocho Angjushev, a former Deputy Prime Minister of North Macedonia, as generally ineligible for entry into the United States, due to his involvement in significant corruption, said the U.S. Department of State in a press release Tuesday.
“While serving as Deputy Prime Minister, Angjushev abused his official position to benefit his private business interests, undermining the confidence of North Macedonia’s public in their government institutions and public processes,” clarified the State Department.
According to the press release, today’s action demonstrates the United States stands with those in North Macedonia who seek accountability of corrupt public officials.
“This designation reaffirms the U.S. commitment to counter corruption, which harms the public interest, hampers countries’ economic prosperity, and curtails the ability of governments to respond effectively to the needs of their people,” said the State Department.
Kocho Angjushev is the latest name to be “blacklisted” by the U.S. due to corruption, joining Nikola Gruevski, Ramiz Merko, Orce Kamchev, Ratka Kamcheva, and Sergey Samsonenko.