Announcement for a new General Attorney has been published, the deadline for the applicants is running

Skopje, 14 September, 2017 - 12:54 (META) 

Today Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia has published the announcement for appointing of a new General Attorney, after the dismissal of Marko Zvrlevski from this position.

With this, starts officially the deadline of 15 days for applying to the interested candidates for this position.

According to the Law, after registering the candidates, the Government must submit a request for an opinion to the General Attorney Council, which has a binding role. The Parliament voted for publishing the announcement for appointing a new General Attorney, exactly a week ago.

The Council has a deadline of 15 days from the day of receiving the request from the Government to give a positive or negative opinion for all registered candidates. After that, it submits to Parliament a proposal for appointing a General Attorney with the candidates for which the Council gave a positive opinion.

If General Attorney Council does not submit an opinion within 15 days for justified reasons, it receives an additional 15-day deadline, and if within this deadline the Council does not submit an opinion, it is considered that the opinion is positive.

In case the Council does not give a favorable opinion to any of the applicants, the Government can not submit a proposal for appointing a General Attorney public and may suggest to the Parliament to repeat the announcement.

The Parliament decides on the appointing and dismissal of a General Attorney with a simple majority, which is 61 votes.

Parliamentary debate on the announcement for a new Attorney General will continue on Wednesday

Skopje, 4 September, 2017 - 21:58 (META) 

Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, at 18:00 pm, interupted the session after the debate concerning the item on the Government’s proposal to post an advertisment for appointing a new Attorney General, after the dismissal of Marko Zvrlevski.

The next continuation of the session, Xhaferi scheduled for Wednesday at 11:00 am, because tomorrow he will attend the International Scientific Conference “The Balkans between the West and the East: Old and/or New Security Challenges” in Ohrid.

The discussion on this topic passed with speeches by MPs from VMRO-DPMNE, who accused the ruling majority of illegally wanting to push through the appointment of the new Attorney General, as well as going against Article 8a of the Electoral Code.

Ilija Dimovski from VMRO-DPMNE said that going against the law and Article 8a which was voted in at the request of SDSM, is arrogant and is not the normal functioning of state.

The coordinator of the SDSM parliamentary group, Tomislav Tuntev, said that the arrival of the new Attorney General is inevitably part of the package of reforms in the judiciary.

Xhaferi announces an opening for a new member of the Council of Public Prosecutors

Skopje, 19 August, 2017 - 14:58 (META) 

Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, announced an advertisment for the election of a member of the Council of Public Prosecutors. Xhaferi announced the advertisment yesterday, and today it was published in some of the daily newspapers, and it should be published in the “Official Gazette”.

In the announcement, it says that the election of a member of the Council is needed from the “ranks of university law professors, lawyers and other prominent lawyers”, who will be elected by the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. (Parliament elects a total of 4 Council members coming from this group, two of which are from non-majority communities in the country).

The Council of Public Prosecutors, which has a total of 11 members, worked with one member short months after Zoran Sulejmanov retired at the age of 64. The filling of his post for several months was blocked because of the crisis with the constitution of Parliament and the election of parliamentary committees, specifically the Commission for Elections and Appointments.

Otherwise, the announcement of the advertisement for the election of a member of the Council comes simultaneously with the dismissal of the state public prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski and the procedure for appointing a new one, which the government announced will begin on Tuesday next week.

VMRO-DPMNE: Vajgl to renounce or to apologize for political manipulations

Skopje, 25 March, 2017 - 14:54 (META) 

MEP Ivo Vajgl either didn’t understand something or he is intentionally siding with the pardoned criminal Zoran Zaev and his scriptwriters for issuing lies and made up stories, if he has ever given a statement like the one that was published, said VMRO-DPMNE’s reaction to Vajgl’s statement that the party leader, Nikola Gruevski will go all the way, because he doesn’t want to end up in prison.

“We deny that president Nikola Gruevski has given a statement that Ivo Vajgl is retelling on the media. With such malicious disinformation, if these were truly said by Vajgl, by serving other people’s interests is like putting gasoline into the fire of the current political crisis, instead of condemning the Tirana platform publicly and the interference of neighborhood states in Republic of Macedonia’s internal affairs,” said the party’s announcement.

VMRO-DPMNE adds that the main accent in the talks with Vajgl and the other representatives was given to the necessity of new early parliamentary elections as a best way out of the current crisis.

“We expect MEP Vajgl either to renounce the lies and to renounce it as a statement or to apologize for political manipulations with which he is misdirecting the general public in order to achieve someone’s agendas”, said VMRO DPMNE.

Russian Embassy: It is dangerous to impose solutions despite the will of the people

Skopje, 6 February, 2017 - 21:33 (META) 

The Russian Federation is continuously supporting the security and the stability of the Republic of Macedonia as an independent, sovereign and territorially integral state, said the announcement of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Macedonia.

In the announcement, it was stressed that the embassy is convinced that the exit from the difficult internal-political crisis that is happening in Macedonia can be found only within the frame of the current constitution, on the basis of the recognized norms of a democratic society.

“All efforts for interference in this process from outside, in order to impose all kinds of solutions despite the will of the people in Macedonia is very dangerous and has to be rejected by the international community. The principles of the sovereign equality of the states, the non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries are of a universal character and their disrespect presents a violation of the international law. We consider as counterproductive the speculations by certain politicians who are searching for reasons for the internal-political crisis in Macedonia in the rivalry between the great powers. Such remarks are similar to the irresponsible claims by certain militant politicians who recently have put the Republic of Macedonia in the line of fire between Washington and Moscow”, said the announcement.

The Russian Embassy condemns “all efforts by external forces that are misusing the factor of the complicated inter-ethnic relations for their own vicious purposes” and think that they are very dangerous for the state and that they are harming the interests of Republic of Macedonia and the interests of collaboration and stability in the region.

SDSM: The messages that come from the USA and the EU indicate the politicians’ responsibility

Skopje, 3 February, 2017 - 13:41 (META) 

SDSM, through a written announcement, expressed its gratitude towards the USA and the EU because, as was stated in the party’s announcement, they continue to support the Republic of Macedonia’s strategic interests.

“The clearly expressed support given by the USA for the democratic processes in Macedonia and the Euro-Atlantic integrations of the country are of tremendous significance for the citizens of Republic of Macedonia and its prosperous future. The democratic reforms, the rule of law, a complete implementation of the Pržino agreement, the NATO and EU integration are the issues that the Department of State has stated as important for our country. This is also the will of the majority of the citizens of Macedonia that was clearly expressed during the country’s parliamentary elections” as was stated in SDSM’s announcement.

According to SDSM, the messages that come from the USA and the European Union showcase the immense responsibility that the political subjects in Macedonia are facing with during a period when the key decisions for the country’s future are being made, and the format and the priorities of the future government.

Division between Ahmeti and the party members regarding the coalition partner

Tetovo, 29 January, 2017 - 20:12 (META) 

Unofficially, the session of DUI’s central presidency in Mala Rechica has started with a huge gap between the party members where Ahmeti and his closest associates had wanted to continue the collaboration with VMRO-DPMNE whole the vice presidents didn’t agree with this decision and wanted to enter into a coalition with SDSM.

A division regarding the coalition with VMRO-DPMNE had even among the new MPs. But, the MPs that were supportive of DUI to enter into a coalition with VMRO-DPMNE didn’t want the party to be led by Nikola Gruevski and there shouldn’t be official positions for the SPO suspects.

Amon the proposals was the implementation of DUI’s platform, which is a part of the Albanian platform that was signed by the Albanian parties in Tirana.

There were talks about changes in the Law for the use of languages, the allocation of ministers where DUI have asked eight ministries including the Ministry of Internal Affairs along with the current Minister for internal affairs, Agim Nuhiu.

DUI’s leader, Ali Ahmeti, when he was entering the meeting with the presidency said that he didn’t know in which direction the party is heading and that the discussion will be long and heavy.

DUI’s central presidency began its session at 17h, and by then Ahmeti had a meeting only with the vice presidents for the purpose of having additional consultations before the session with the central presidency.

Unofficially, at 19h, a meeting will be held between VMRO-DPMNE with its coalition partners, and at 21h, it is expected a meeting of the party’s central presidency after which Nikola Gruevski will have to announce whether he had managed to secure the majority in order to form a new government.

VMRO-DPMNE: We are the winners and we are going to form the new government

Skopje, 25 December, 2016 - 23:14 (META) 

For VMRO-DPMNE the elections ended on the 11th of December, we are the winners and we are going to form the new government, informed the party this evening with a brief press release after the end of the re-vote at the municipality of Tearce, polling station 2011.

“Today we, including the public, have found out that regardless of all the efforts, the people of Tearce have managed to prevent the effort of post-electoral engineering. We congratulate them for that. As winners of the elections, we remain dedicated to future steps toward forming a new government. Also, we are staying firm behind our attitudes expressed in the announcement o the 11th of December when the election results were summarized,” as was stated in VMRO-DPMNE’s press release.

Ivanov expects the will of the citizens’ to be greeted and accepted unanimously

Skopje, 13 December, 2016 - 17:35 (META) 

President Gjorge Ivanov has expressed his contentment regarding the early parliamentary elections and believes that these elections will contribute to the end of the political crisis and will present a start of the national conciliation in Macedonia.

“I want to congratulate the parties that have won the biggest number of votes in these elections, to the winners, and to congratulate to all parties that took part in the election process. I expect all of the parties that took part in the elections to welcome the election results. In a truly democratic atmosphere, the will of the citizens should be greeted and accepted unanimously. We must not allow the will of the citizens to be disobeyed or be the grounds for a new crisis to be created”,  said Ivanov

The President stressed that after the Assembly’s constituency the mandate for forming a government will be given to the party with the majority in Parliament.

“I expect, just as R. of Macedonia has shown it can accomplish its tasks and conditions, the EU has to show consistency and to be high-principled toward us. I call upon the European Union to find a way and to allow progress in the Republic of Macedonia towards the path to Europe”, said Ivanov

Ombudsman Reminds Citizens How to Accomplish Their Voting Rights

Skopje, 20 November, 2016 - 17:05 (META) 

Prior to the early parliamentary elections on the 11th of December, the ombudsman reminded the citizens of the importance of the voting right and the ways of accomplishing this right and its protection.

The ombudsman Idzet Memeti appealed to the institutions and all others about the obligation and the responsibility of creating real conditions for allowing, repeating and accomplishing the voting right of the citizens as well the rules for fair and democratic elections.

“Anyone has the right to decide about his or hers option without having to deal with the consequences. The citizens will decide for themselves. No one can do that in their name, through various forms of threats, blackmail or pressure. Citizens must not remain silent and should be active because by reporting of irregularities of any kind on time, they are protecting their right and simultaneously they are contributing to the democratic nature of the election process in its entirety”, said the ombudsman’s announcement.