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VMRO-DPMNE’s Mickoski: Elections only after we’ve defeated COVID-19 pandemic

VMRO-DPMNE will participate in the elections and it will win, but the only thing that we are afraid of - and everyone should be afraid - is that fact that we are breaking records in registering new COVID-19 cases and fatalities almost every day, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said Tuesday.

Skopje, 2 June 2020 (MIA) – VMRO-DPMNE will participate in the elections and it will win, but the only thing that we are afraid of – and everyone should be afraid – is that fact that we are breaking records in registering new COVID-19 cases and fatalities almost every day, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said Tuesday.

According to him, the opposition is prepared for a dialogue.

“Only after the pandemic is declared over, we can discuss concrete dates and next steps for elections to be held,” Mickoski told a news conference in Skopje.

Asked what the largest opposition party in the country would do if SDSM and DUI agreed on July 5 elections, Mickoski responded: “Best of luck if they decide to have elections as we are registering dozens of infected people and several fatalities in a day, I have nothing to add.”

He said people’s lives would be put in danger if elections were to be held.

VMRO-DPMNE, Mickoski stated, is always in favor of compromise and talks and we are at the disposal of SDSM and DUI if they deem that they need VMRO-DPMNE’s position on the new circumstances.

He confirmed the parties had had communication in a bid to agree a date for the parliamentary elections, but it was suspended after the number of new COVID-19 cases in the country started rising again.

“I don’t feel comfortable talking about elections in these circumstances,” the opposition leader told reporters.

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