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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 

PM Zaev says he welcomes resignations of anti-corruption members

PM Zaev says he welcomes resignations of anti-corruption members

Skopje, 6 March 2018 (MIA) - Premier Zoran Zaev on Tuesday welcomed the decision of a couple of members of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) to step down.

"I'm confident that Macedonia needs a serious anti-corruption commission that will abide by all international practices and keep a watchful eye on the executive government and everything else that has to do with taxpayers' money," Zaev said.

Macedonia, he added, needs an institution that will set an example and serve as a corrective to the shortcomings of the system as part of its commitment to combat corruption.

Earlier in the day, Igor Tanturovski, president of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption, resigned. Goran Milenkov, a member of the anti-corruption commission and its former head, filed his resignation on Monday.

The resignations come after last week's revelations from an internal audit report, which noted suspicious payments of fictitious travel expenses and spending of budget funds.

The public prosecutor's office opened an investigation into the claims as the parliamentary majority called on the commission's members to file resignations. The MPs also pledged they would demand their resignation unless the members don't step down themselves. ba/15:59

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