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Macedonian opposition claims PM targeted opponent’s building

February 27, 2015

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia’s opposition leader is accusing the country’s prime minister of ordering the demolition of a political opponent’s construction project — the latest development in a mass wire-tapping scandal.

Zoran Zaev says the allegation is based on the transcript of a recorded phone call between conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and a government minister responsible for enforcing building regulations.

The government didn’t immediately respond to the claims.

The leftwing opposition leader has previously claimed that Gruevski ordered wire-taps on more than 20,000 people, including politicians, judges, police and religious leaders, journalists and foreign ambassadors.

Gruevski denies that, saying the recordings were made by unspecified foreign spies. He claims Zaev was planning a coup.

Zaev said Friday the 2011 apartment block demolition was a targeted act against Gruevski’s former ally-turned-opponent Fijat Canoski.

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