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* Nova Makedonija
** Citizens not being on the voters' list, multiple voters registered with the same street address, street numbers written with a zero in front in one place and without a zero in another place, and not having accurate records of the number of Macedonian citizens who have been living abroad for a long time are the problems that the Sate Election Commission is faced with ahead of every election cycle. Experts say this chaos suits all political parties, both in government and in opposition.
** According to the National Bank, the profit of Macedonian banks increased seven times in the past eight years, from 19.2 million euros in 2011 to 135.8 million euros in 2018, and nevertheless they keep driving up their lending rates and commissions.
** REK Bitola's life span as far as production of electricity from coal goes is drawing to its end and that's why this power facility has to seek other sources. This was said at an academic debate in Bitola on the challenges that Macedonia's energy sector is faced with. Experts argue that the reorientation should be towards renewable sources of energy.
** Gordana Siljanovska Davkova's election team says SDSM activists are collecting and storing information about voters without their consent via a smart phone application. This was revealed to Siljanovska Davkova's team by an anonymous whistleblower. Her team says that they have thus violated the Election Code and a set of fundamental values of the Macedonian constitutional system.
** The Infectious Disease Commission of the Ministry of Health declared an epidemic of measles in the whole country four and a half months of the first registered case in Skopje. This is done to be able to take additional measures to stop the disease from spreading further.
** Replek is expected to pay the highest dividend this year of 3,998 denars per share but those interested in buying Replek shares have two more days left. The money will be paid into their accounts by 30 September this year. Usje pays a dividend of 1,513 denars per share and Alkaloid pays a dividend of 272 denars per share.
** A project helping home companies getting connected with foreign investors in Macedonia's economic zones has been negotiated with the International Financial Corporation during the spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Finance Minister Dragan Tevdovski said there would be multiple benefits from this project.
* Sloboden Pecat
** Those opposing it now are going to realize the true historic importance of the Prespa agreement in ten years, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Antenna TV. Had it not been for the Prespa agreement, Turkish instead of Greek planes would have been flying over their territory now, Tsipras said.
** For the first time in three decades, a train set off from the station in Bitola towards Kremenica on Macedonia's border with Greece. The railroad is 17 km long and its reconstruction cost 17.1 million euros. The Bitola-Lerin-Solun railroad was built over 50 years ago.
* Nezavisen vesnik
** VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski told TV21 Tuesday night that if he was elected prime minister in the future he would call the country Macedonia at the cost of losing office. This is Macedonia to me and so it will remain.
** Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told TV21 that he consulted Justice Minister Renata Treneska-Deskoska and she told him that as far as electing a president is concerned the Constitution can change in two ways--either the voter turnout threshold would be removed or a possibility would be created for the president to be elected in Parliament. He said, however, he was convinced the 40 percent turnout criterion would be met on 5 May.