Gruevski: Zaev & Zhernovski cut ribbons together

Vlado Gjorčev, 25.01.2016

 

Speaking at the yearly conference of his party’s Women Union, VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski said:

 I see our political opponents and their media backers recently raised the issue why I make appearances at various events related to fulfilled election promises, with projects intended to lift my people up. I will not stoop to their level and ask why Zaev cut a ribbon with Zhernovski when opening a kindergarten, or why Branko ceremoniously laid the foundations for a swimming pool in Kumanovo, etc. [Source: Kurir, video: 1:11:00 – 1:11:35, date 24.01.2016]

ARGUMENT

On October 28, 2015, A1on.mk made public a video where it is plain to see that Andrej Zhernovski is actually cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Kocho Racin kindergarten in the Centre municipality, where he is mayor.

Other media outlets also noted that Zoran Zaev, president of the oppositional SDSM, was at the event as a guest:

Zhernovski officially opened the new building of the Kocho Racin kindergarten in the Kapishtec neighbourhood. The event was attended by the SDSM president Zoran Zaev, ambassadors, advisories and a large number of citizens. After more than 40 years, the central city area boasts a new children housing object, the largest and most up-to-date kindergarten in the country.

This renders the statement made by Nikola Gruevski patently false.

 

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