SDSM leader Zoran Zaev and BDI chairman Ali Ahmeti are said to have recently held a meeting, at Ahmeti’s initiative, regarding the wiretapping affair. According to some sources, Ahmeti offered Zaev a deal—in return for his not revealing any compromising material about BDI, BDI would support Zaev’s demand for setting up an interim government and would seek to persuade Prime Minister Gruevski, too, to accept the idea; and according to other sources, Ahmeti was already given the material pertaining to BDI at this meeting with Zaev.
There is also conflicting information as to where the meeting took place. While some say it was held in Zajas, others allege the deal was struck in the Social Democrats’ Skopje-based headquarters.
Ahmeti reportedly demanded that besides organizing early elections, the interim government should also have a mandate to resolve the name dispute with Greece but Zaev rejected it.
Both BDI and SDSM deny that such a meeting ever took place in the wake of the surveillance scandal revelation. Moreover, SDSM add their political ‘bombs’ will not spare BDI.