Analysis 23 Nov 16

Macedonia’s Ruling Party Missed its Election Pledges

From the 2006 election onwards, the VMRO-DPMNE party has made a habit of issuing flamboyant promises in campaigns that analysis shows were rarely acted on.

Aleksandar Janev
VMRO DPMNE leader visits construction work at Demir Kapija - Smokvica highway. Photo: MIA

As Macedonia’s December 11 general election date draws near, the leader of the main ruling VMRO-DPMNE party, Nikola Gruevski, has declared that another victory for his party – in power since 2006 – will bring the country new economic prosperity.

He and other VMRO-DPMNE officials have been making similar, wild promises in every election since 2006.

Analysis conducted by BIRN into those pledges shows that while governments have acted on many promises, they almost signally failed to deliver on the most important ones that were to bring economic upturn.

“This program has one goal – the rebirth of Macedonia,” Gruevski wrote in the introduction to the VMRO-DPMNE's 2006 election program, which extended to a lengthy 116 pages.

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