Mickovski – only candidate for opposition VMRO-DPMNE leader

Two letter of candidacy for the opposition VMRO-DPMNE leader have been submitted, but only the one of general secretary Hristijan Mickovski is accepted, as the other is invalid because it lacks delegates’ signatures of support, the party told MIA on Thursday.

Earlier today Mickovski announced his intention to run for the party leader.

The party’s congress for electing new VMRO-DPMNE leader is scheduled to take place in Valandovo on December 22-23.

In the recent period a great number of VMRO-DPMNE members, as well as many common citizens have voiced their support and encouraged me to take this step, Mickovski wrote on his Facebook profile.

And I with great faith and open heart will take the responsibility to run for VMRO-DPMNE leader, Mickovski said.

Ten days ago former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski resigned as leader of the conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE party following its recent defeat in local government elections.

He is facing charges of corruption and abuse of power in number of legal cases that emerged following a major wiretapping scandal