SDS and DUI nominate Pendarovski for Northern presidential contender


The ruling SDS party announced this evening that it will nominate Stevo Pendarovski in yet another attempt to have him elected President. SDS held its convention in the Hilton hotel in Skopje this evening and decided that Pendarovski will be its joint candidate, nominated with the support of the DUI party.

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Pendarovski is a former Interior Ministry official who was adviser to Presidents Boris Trajkovski and Branko Crvenkovski, as well as head of the State Electoral Commission during the chaotic 2004 elections following Trajkovski’s death when Crvenkovski made himself president.

He ran on the SDS ticket in 2014, but lost to incumbent President Gjorge Ivanov. He lately served as coordinator for NATO membership in the Zoran Zaev Government junta.

Though a proven loser, he is seen as the candidate of the SDS “urban” wing, as opposed to the other much rumored candidate – current Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, who is is seen as more of a Zaev loyalist. Other potential candidates included Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska and Foreign Minister Nikileaks Dimitrov.

Pendarovski’s nomination is an obvious attempt by Reeker and Baily to cement their preferred Northern candidate Siljanovska.