The United States has officially designated Ramiz Merko, the mayor of the municipality of Struga in North Macedonia, as generally ineligible for entry into the country due to his involvement in “significant corruption.”

As per the State Department’s announcement, the decision to take action against Merko stems from his involvement in financial misappropriation and interference with judicial and other public processes during his time as the mayor of Struga.

In an official statement, Blinken’s Spokesperson Matthew Miller emphasized that “This designation reaffirms the commitment of the United States to combat corruption, which harms the public interest, hampers countries’ economic prosperity, and curtails the ability of governments to respond effectively to the needs of their people.”

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  1. It’s a step in the rite direction; however, Merko is just a drop in the lake of corruption within North Macedonia.
    I personally have been a victim of corruption in North Macedonia by judges, prosecutors, government agencies & employees and i have the documents to justify.
    As a USA foreign investor in North Macedonia it is Disgusting how the corruption has plaqued this country I call my birth place.
    More actions are needed by the American government as well as the European Union to not only hold accountable those that commit, enhance and/or promote corruption but to prosecute them in foreign courts.

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