Comment 09 Jun 17

Macedonia Needs People-Serving Governance

The new political leadership must ensure Macedonia’s future is free of corruption and founded on the principles of accountability, transparency, equality and justice.

Michael Penevski
BIRN
New Macedonian government led by Zoran Zaev. Photo: Boris Grdanoski/AP

With a new government in place after three years of political deadlock, Macedonia’s political leadership now has a real opportunity to put in place reforms that could ensure the country has a sustainable and democratic future.

Zoran Zaev, the newly-elected prime minister and leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, SDSM, and his coalition partners will inevitably face many challenges in fixing the country’s many ills.

He has inherited a nation more deeply divided than ever with public trust in politicians, democracy and the justice system at an all-time low. Ethnic discord between Macedonians and ethnic Albanians has been manipulated to such a degree that extremist views have almost become the norm.

Eradicating corruption, promoting freedom of information and expression, fostering economic prosperity, guaranteeing the rule of law, delivering gender justice and bridging ethnic divisions need to be among the key priorities of the new government.

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