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FYR Macedonia premier sacrifices colleagues to save government

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By Euronews
FYR Macedonia premier sacrifices colleagues to save government

<p>The crisis in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia shows no signs of abating with the opposition claiming the government orchestrated <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/09/macedonia-police-strike-against-armed-group-sparks-instability-fears/">Saturday’s shootout</a> in which 22 people died.</p> <p>Within days, two high profile figures have now been removed from office, the country’s interior minister Gordana Jankulovska and intelligence chief Saso Mijalkov.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en data-scribe-reduced-action-queue="><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Small symbolic meet in front of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/macedonia?src=hash">#macedonia</a> assembly to celebrate the resignations from ministers <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BC?src=hash">#протестирам</a> <a href="http://t.co/tHLRRNGHgm">pic.twitter.com/tHLRRNGHgm</a></p>— Пролетта #протестира (@proletnav) <a href="https://twitter.com/proletnav/status/598247740213219328">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Embattled Prime MInister Nikola Gruevski who is also embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal <br /> is being accused of sacrificing his colleagues to appease growing calls for him to quit.</p> <p>While the country mourns those who have died the government is being bombarded by damaging disclosures published by opposition leader Zoran Zaev who says he was given them by a whistleblower.</p> <p>His party, which is boycotting parliament, is piling on the pressure claiming the leaked illegal wire-taps from the whistleblower prove the prime minister is meddling with the judiciary and the media.</p> <p>Analysts claim Gruevski hopes Tuesday’s high profile sackings may stem the criticism even though a second anti-government protest is planned for Sunday </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en data-scribe-reduced-action-queue="><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Avalanche of resignations and replacement in Skopje tonight points at severity of the crisis in Macedonia.</p>— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) <a href="https://twitter.com/carlbildt/status/598238575675703296">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>