Angela Rajchevska and Bjanka Stankovikj
Prime Minister and current leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev, will be challenged in
the fourth constituency by Aleksandar Nikoloski, the right hand of the leader
of VMRO-DPMNE. In the previous parliamentary elections, held in 2016, Zaev’s
main opponent was the ex-leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, who managed to
win by about 3 percent.
constituency includes 19 municipalities from south and southeast Macedonia,
including Strumica, the birthplace of the holder of the SDSM list in this
constituency, Zoran Zaev. The former prime minister, according to the planned two
list holders in the constituencies of SDSM and the Coalition, is accompanied by
MP Sonja Mirakovska from the New Social Democratic Party (NSDP).
municipalities in Constituency 4 are: Prilep, Radovish, Konche, Valandovo,
Gevgelija, Dojran, Bogdanci, Kavadarci, Negotino, Demir Kapija, Bitola (part),
Krivogashtani (part), Mogila, Novaci, Rosoman, Bosilovo, Vasilevo and Novo Selo.
property has Zaev declared?
Zoran Zaev has been a member of the Social Democratic Union
of Macedonia since 1996. From 2003 to 2005 he was a Member of the Parliament of
the Republic of Macedonia. In 2005 he became mayor of Strumica. In 2006 he was
elected vice president of the Central Committee of SDSM, and in 2008 he became
acting president of the party. Since 2013, Zaev has been the leader of SDSM. He
is known to the public by the “Truth about Macedonia” project, which
he started in 2015, publishing the wiretapped material that revealed the
criminal activities of the then government led by Gruevski.
After the Przhino Agreement signed between the leaders of the four largest
political parties for resolving the political crisis in the country and the
parliamentary elections in 2016, followed by a period of political turmoil,
including the violent incident in the Parliament on April 27, Zoran Zaev was
elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia on May 31, 2017.
previously investigated and wrote about Zaev, within the project Politically
Exposed Persons. He is fifth on the list of the richest members of the
government. According to the analysis of the data from Zaev’s property list
from 2018, his reported property has a value of 729,231 thousand Euros. Only
the claim on the basis of a loan of nearly 70 thousand Euros is in his name.
The term foreign currency deposit of 7 thousand Euros belongs to his wife,
whereas 27 thousand Euros are declared to be in his children’s accounts. The
house, the business premises, the apartment in Strumica, the agricultural land
in Murtino and the shares worth about 200 thousand Euros belong to his parents.
Zaev owns property worth 728,193 Euros. He supplemented it with an apartment
with auxiliary premises in Strumica as his wife’s, a loan of 7 thousand Euros,
also his wife’s and a motor vehicle Mini Cooper S as his children’s. In the
current property list of Zaev, his wife’s time deposit has been reduced from 7
thousand to 200 Euros.
investigative story Government officials own shares in big companies
SCOOP revealed that the Prime Minister has declared shares of his parents in
the amount of 12,000,000 denars. SCOOP has sent questions to his office to
clarify where the shares apply, but we have not received an answer until the
publication of the text.
the investigation of state officials who found themselves in court, State
officials both on MP and court chair, the Prime Minister was under the scrutiny
of the SCPC for the cases “Global”, “
, “Zaev’s Bulgarian
companies” and for the sale of the barrack’s land in Strumica.
to the SCOOP latest investigation, Officials spent a lot on plane tickets,
hotel accommodation and representation
, of the eleven government officials
who had spent money from the state budget, Zoran Zaev spent the most –
1,008,017 denars, most of which for catering services through canteens,
restaurants and buffets within the institutions. He spent 2,356 Euros on gifts
given during official visits or other circumstances.
Sonja Mirakovska is Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s companion
in the fourth constituency. She is a member of the New Democratic Party and a
Member of Parliament.
Since the beginning of the project Politically Exposed
Persons until today, according to data from the State Commission for Prevention
of Corruption, Mirakovska has owned the same property registered in her name
consisting of an apartment in Skopje worth 37,100 Euros and an Aveo Chevrolet
worth 12,000 Euros. She also has a foreign currency savings book with 5,000 Euros.
The total value of her property is 54,100 Euros.
SCPC has no data about
Nikoloski is a longtime member of VMRO-DPMNE and a member of parliament for
several terms. Nikoloski was the president of the UMS of VMRO-DPMNE in the
period from 2004 to 2008. In the period from 2004 to 2013 he was a member of
the EC of VMRO-DPMNE. He was re-elected to this position in 2017. In 2009,
Nikoloski became a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
Europe, and in 2014 he was elected First Vice President of the Monitoring
Committee of the Council of Europe. He was appointed international secretary of
VMRO-DPMNE in 2015.
SCPC says that there is no data on him because he has not held a state or
public office since 2016.
does not have a holder in Constituency 4, whereas a list holder from the
Alliance for Albanians and Alternative Coalition is Fatmir Mexhiti.