Former Macedonian PM and current opposition leader, Nikola Gruevski, has announced he will resign from his role of head of the VMRO party, bne IntelliNews reports. After ceding power to the rival Social Democrats, Gruevski vowed to step down if VMRO did not win the October local elections. VMRO then suffered a devastating defeat to the Social Democrats. Over his decade in power, Gruevski was viewed as an authoritarian leader, and he was probed for numerous alleged abuses of power. His departure from VMRO leadership may open the way for restructuring and democratization within the party.