Nikola Gruevski

VMRO-DPMNE leader walks out of referendum debate in FYROM

A meeting of political leaders in Skopje on Wednesday evening to debate the referendum on the name deal with Greece was disrupted when VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski stormed out, claiming that not all parliamentary parties were represented. 

The meeting had been expected to set a date for the referendum, which, according to last month's deal, will be held in the fall.

Macedonia's Ousted PM Awaits Four Trial Verdicts

The recent two-year sentence handed down to Nikola Gruevski Macedonia's former conservative Prime Minister and ex-leader of the right-wing VMRO DPMNE party - for involvement in the illicit secret purchase of a luxury Mercedes - is not the end of his judicial troubles.

Gruevski currently faces criminal charges in four more cases, three of which have already gone to trial.

Macedonia: Thousands Protest Against the Government and Country's Name Change

A thousand-hour protest against the change of the Macedonian name occurred on the streets of Skopje. The strike also demanded early elections because of the state of the economy.

Thousands of Macedonian flags and flags of the opposition gathered outside the building of the Council of Ministers in Skopje

Some of the protesters wore posters saying "Macedonia will win".

In Pictures: Macedonia Opposition Holds Anti-Govt Rally

The new VMRO DPMNE leader, Hristijan Mickovski, dubbed Zoran Zaev's Social Democrat-led government a "criminal cartel" at Saturday's rally against Macedonia's current administration.

He accused the government of widespread corruption, a firm grip on the judiciary and media, and of a failure to produce any results for the economy.

Macedonia Court Gives Gruevski Two-Year Sentence

Nikola Gruevski, Macedonia's former prime minister and former leader of the VMRO DPMNE party, was jailed for two years on Wednesday for "receiving a reward", in the form of a luxury Mercedes, after previously "illegally influencing" the other two accused to commit the illegal purchase of the vehicle.

The ruling was a first-instance verdict and Gruevski may appeal the sentence.