Macedonia’s Presidential elections were the main, but not the only topic of discussion between DUI and SDS. Ahmeti and Zaev spoke not about just this candidate, but the one after 5 years, as well as the criminal cases against DUI officials led by the SPO, reports Magazin.mk
According to government sources, this evening, a meeting was held between Zaev and Ahmeti. The main topic of the conversation was the joint candidate for president of the state, with Zaev insisting that the Police chief Oliver Spasovski, as his trusted man, ought to be the candidate.
Ahmeti had nothing against Spasovski, however, he did have certain conditions whose fulfillment would help him persuade party members in Mala Recica to support Proliver.
Ahmeti’s key condition was a firm agreement that if in 2019 the presidential candidate is Spasovski, then the next presidential candidate in 2024 must be an Albanian that the SDS will back.
According to our sources Zaev agreed with Ahmeti, however added that it would be good if made an effort and consulted with the SDS leadership.
Ahmeti’s second condition was if Spasovski was elected president of the state, then he, as supreme commander, together with the Defense and the ARM, appointed an Albanian as Chief of Staff of the Army. Zaev stated this request will be fulfilled.
The third request Ahmeti made was related to the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. If Zaev insists that Spasovski be supported by DUI as president of the country, then Ahmeti wants Zaev to guarantee that Spasovski as elected president will propose to the Parliament a new governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. Fatmir Besimi, a former vice prime minister for euro-integration in the government and part of the intellectual wing of DUI, was mentioned as the name for that post. This according to Zaev would be an easy thing to do considering Parliament appoints the governor of the National Bank.
Nikola Dimitrov has also thrown his hat into the ring. In a interview for TV 24, Dimitrov expressed his desire to be Macedonia’s next president. As a non political person who has diligently worked for the DPNE, SDS, Bulgaria, Greece and the CIA, he saw himself as the most qualified. He is certainly right, no person in Macedonia has the “international” experience of Dimitrov.