Ivanov rejects the opposition’s claims: Many statesmen congratulated me

Ivanov rejects the opposition’s claims: Many statesmen congratulated me

Skopje, May 13, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The president’s office in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia informed today that he has received the first telegrams of wishes addressed to president George Ivanov, who yesterday, solemnly started his second presidential term in office.

The president’s office reacted through an official declaration, following the claims of the Macedonian opposition, according to which, nobody has congratulated leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski and the newly elected president, George Ivanov for the victory and the new governing mandate.

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President Ivanov is said to have been congratulated by the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, recalling the fact that good relations with FYR Macedonia are of a special importance.

“There are many challenges and it’s necessary to hold further reforms. The restoration of trust among the citizens in the democratic processes, good neighboring relations, including the talks in order to find an acceptable solution on the name, are some of the main challenges”, reads Barroso’s telegram.

President Ivanov has also been congratulated by the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, German president Joachim Gauk, Turkish president, Abdullah Gul and Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev. /ibna/