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May 24, 2022

Earthquake followed by a series of “aftershocks”: Who gravitates towards whom in VMRO DPMNE?

  • From being a solid and monolithic party, turbulence caused the positioning of members in many factions.

  • Miloshoski positions himself next to Mickoski and makes fun of his colleagues with an ironic announcement of resignation of all his party functions.

  • “Gruevski’s first people” distanced from Mickoski’s policies.

  • Boneva: “I’m not in any camp. I am at home and nobody has asked for help from me.”

  • Yesterday’s first fist of the parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE, Ilija Dimovski, distances himself from the policies of the current leadership.


By: Svetlana Unkovska


VMRO-DPMNE still remains at the top position of hot topics in the public. After the major “earthquake” with the recent shifts and dismissals, the main opposition party was followed by a series of “aftershocks” with resignations from party officials. The VMRO-DPMNE-led coalition counted 51 MPs after the parliamentary elections in 2016, and now it is left with only 39.

VMRO-DPMNE’s president Hristijan Mickoski keeps receiving notices of abandonment of the functions and positions by some of the heads of the party bodies. This additionally created huge cracks in the party and led to a strong stratification and division into several factions





Daniela Rangelova

The President of the Union of women, Daniela Rangelova, and its secretary general Liljana Zaturovska as well as the vice-president Liljana Kuzmanovska deposited their resignations with Mickoski. Dragan Danev withdrew from the position of coordinator of the VMRO-DPMNE’s parliamentary groups. Then the President of the Youth Force Union, Luka Krzaloski, submitted his resignation, which was followed by some of the municipal youth organizations. After a series of resignations, Mickoski published a photo with a part of the UFU membership on his Facebook profile, by which he wanted to send a message that, however, many of the young support him.

Luka Krzaloski

One part of the members are still in support of Mickoski, which more or less could be seen at the very celebration of the 125th anniversary of the creation of VMRO. Next to him is the vice-president Aleksandar Nikolovski, who has recently played a main role in giving statements and explanations regarding the events in the party.


Now we have Antonio Miloshoski, standing firmly next to the party leader, despite the fact that, some time ago, he was the first one who opposed the election of Mickoski to be a leader of VMRO-DPMNE. Miloshoski, in his post on his Facebook profile, ridiculed the wave of resignations of his party colleagues. Although he has, at least for the time being, no function in the party, he wrote that he is submitting an irrevocable pro-European resignation of all party functions.

It is said about him that after they “ironed out” the misunderstandings with Mickoski, he expects to be one of the vice-presidents of the party. Miloshoski had even more solid views on the boycott issue and surpassed Mickoski with the announcement of the organisation of an anti-referendum campaign.

Trusted party sources at Inbox 7 say that members of the Executive and the Central Committee are still on the side of the president of the party. But, they add, every day brings new surprises.



Party sources for Inbox 7 also say that Mickoski had disrupted the relations with Gruevski. Unofficially it is claimed that there was a quarrel between them. Gruevski became angry at him because his recent decisions had caused big turmoil, splintering, and disintegration, but also because with the removal of most of “his people” and long-time supporters he had completely ruined the party.




The absence of yesterday’s first “fist” of the VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary group, Ilija Dimovski, around whom gravitates a certain group of its supporters is perceivable.

He openly said that he would not vote for the name agreement, but disagreed with Mickoski’s policy of party isolation and, as he himself said, he does not want to be part of tampered processes.

Now it seems like he is watching the events from the side and is waiting for a shift at the top of the party. Previously, after Nikola Gruevski’s departure from his position of leader of VMRO-DPMNE, he had ambitions to take over the party’s helm. But after this did not happen, he decided to distance himself from the internal turmoil.

The move of Sasho Mijalkov, who entered the trial for “Titanic 2” in the Criminal Court where the journalists were, embracing Dimovski, is symptomatic. Mijalkov, although recently expelled from the party, still has a great influence on a certain group of members of VMRO-DPMNE.



There is also Silvana Boneva, who was previously one of the most exposed members, not only as an MP, but also while she was in the SEC, who is gone. In a statement for Inbox7 she says that she does not belong to any camp and that so far no one has asked her to help consolidate the party.

“I am now home, and so far no one has asked for help from me. I have worked hard for both the EU and NATO, but I am disappointed, so now let the younger people continue.”





The MPs, however, who were excluded from the party due to the vote to open the constitutional changes under the Prespa Agreement, formed a new parliamentary group. Vladanka Avirovikj from the Socialist Party joined it as well.

As it is known, there is the ex-Minister of culture Elizabeta Kancheska Milevska, then the troika accused for April 27thKrsto Mukoski, Ljuben Arnaudov and Saso Vasilevski, as well as Nola Ismailovska Starova, Emilija Aleksandrova and Zakjir Ramchilovikj. Although Rangelova resigned from her post, she said she remains in the VMRO-DPMNE’s parliamentary group.

It is interesting to mention that there are no former officials from the time of Gruevski who were “irreplaceable” in their positions. The only ones present in the public were the ex-minister Nikola Todorov and the ex-UBK chief Sasho Mijalkov because of which they were expressly expelled from VMRO-DPMNE.