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Ruling party election candidates choose unified outfits; Today Macedonians live better than in the ‘golden age’ of Yugoslav PM Ante Markovic
The campaign for the March 24 local elections has brought fashion in to politics again. The ruling VMRO DPMNE has abandoned their recognizable orange neckties introduced in 2006 and has swapped them with red ones. At the start of the campaign, most of the party leadership and the mayoral candidates appeared in unified black and white combination, wearing red ties or scarfs.
The daily came up with claim that today the quality of life is better than during the so-called golden years of the last Prime Minister of former federative Yugoslavia, Ante Markovic. The daily says that despite popular belief that then the life was better, statistics allegedly shows different. With an average salary from 1990, an employee was able to buy 51 kilos of pork meat, and today an average salary can buy 80 kilos, the daily says. Most of the people still praise the time of Markovic as the golden age, for his economic reforms brought rapidly increased salaries and introduced increase in imported goods available to the masses.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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