VMRO-DPMNE misses deadline on its referendum position

Skopje, 11 September, 2018 - 13:11 (META) 

Yesterday was the deadline that Hristijan Mickoski announced at the beginning of last month as the date when VMRO-DPMNE will publicly announce its position on the referendum.

The Executive Committee of the main opposition party is expected to meet today, after which VMRO-DPMNE may announce whether it fully supports or rejects the referendum, or will leave its members and sympathizers to make an independent decision on whether or how to vote in the referendum.

Unlike the headquarters, prominent party members have already expressed their views on the referendum ballot question. MP Antonio Milososki expressed his position that he would boycott the referendum, and “the reformer” Petar Bogojeski will vote, because a vote “against” is a vote for Macedonia.

Zaev: If the referendum fails, we are probably done with politics

Skopje, 1 September, 2018 - 9:07 (META) 

My mandate as prime minister ends in 2020. If the referendum fails, we are probably done with politics. Why do we need to rule when our country has no future? Hence, I have my views regarding the responsibility of all the main political factors about the state, including VMRO-DPMNE, which should be working on securing a prosperous future for the Republic of Macedonia, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at the conference “Macedonia looks ahead: it is the time to get the EU train “In Skopje, today.

He again urged the opposition VMRO-DPMNE to join and enable a successful referendum, as he said, a successful future for the country.

“We need to be united. The opposition and the government could possibly differ and disagree on many issues, but when we create history we should stand together, because there is no alternative for our country, and therefore, I will not stop calling the opposition to join the referendum”, Zaev said.

SDSM will spend 400.000 euros on the referendum

Skopje, 29 August, 2018 - 13:32 (META) 

SDSM does not plan to spend more than 300-400 thousand euros on the referendum campaign. The campaign should pass in a pleasant and attractive atmosphere, after which citizens will vote “for”.

This was stated by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev yesterday from Kriva Palanka, who said that they should not be spent more money because, the referendum itself is not like parliamentary elections and does not require as much campaign costs.

“Our intention is for the referendum to pass in a pleasant and attractive atmosphere for the citizens, different than any other electoral process. Therefore, I believe that citizens will come out and vote “for” in such a pleasant atmosphere,” Zaev said.

Today, the extended time for parliamentary groups ends for announcing whether they will participate in the campaign and whether they are “for” or “against”. So far, only the ruling majority parties and MP Antonio Milososki from VMRO-DPMNE have voted in favor of an independent campaign. Mr Milososki is calling for a boycott, while VMRO-DPMNE’s official position on the referendum should be announced today.

Milososki will boycott the referendum and has asked for funds to campaign

Skopje, 24 August, 2018 - 14:54 (META) 

MP Antonio Milososki of VMRO-DPMNE, through a statement sent to the Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi said that he would be participating in the public propaganda campaign in the upcoming referendum.

“I, Antonio Milososki MP for VMRO-DPMNE in coordination with the coordinator of the Parliamentary Group of VMRO-DPMNE, inform you that I will take part in the public propaganda campaign for the upcoming referendum. I will be boycotting the referendum because I am against it, and to boycott is a guaranteed democratic option for every citizen,” reads Milososki’s statement which was sent to Xhaferi.

The MP asked to be given funds for to campaign for his position on the referendum.

VMRO-DPMNE has not yet decided whether to boycott referendum

Skopje, 31 July, 2018 - 17:05 (META) 

Zaev has decided to force an issue that is meaningless and equivocal, just to cover up the capitulation in the negotiations with Greece while the acceptance of this agreement of capitulation fulfills Greece’s red lines. No politician in the history of the Republic of Macedonia has made such concessions, said General Secretary of VMRO-DPMNE Igor Janushev, at today’s press conference.

“It is shameful to compare the historic referendum of 1991 with the private referendum that Zaev is pushing forward now. Then (in 1991), all the political parties reached a consensus on the referendum, and the citizens decided for an independent Republic of Macedonia. Now, there is no consensus and citizens are being asked to vote for the eradication of the Republic of Macedonia, its tradition, history and culture”, says Janushev.

Responding to a journalist’s question, Janushev said that in the upcoming days, VMRO-DPMNE will announce the party’s official position on whether they will boycott the referendum on 30th of September.

“The public will be informed after an official position by the leadership of the party is adopted. It will be in the upcoming days”, said Janushev, adding that it is the party members’ democratic right to boycott the referendum.

VMRO-DPMNE will temporarily return to Parliament for Stoltenberg’s speech

Skopje, 16 January, 2018 - 18:56 (META) 

MPs from VMRO-DPMNE will attend Parliament on Thursday to hear NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s speech, who is coming tomorrow to visit the country.

However, for now, the return of the opposition to the benches will be only for this occasion, as for the future, the party says, they will inform the general public in a timely manner.

“We have been and remain with our policy orientations towards the European Union and NATO. It is true that we will attend the address of the NATO Secretary General. For further matters, whether we are returning or not to Parliament, we will inform you and the general public in a timely manner”, said the director of the Center for Communications of the party, Ivo Kotevski for “Focus”.

The main opposition party, for a month and a half, have boycotted working in Parliament because of the detainment of suspects from last year’s violence on April 27th, among six are MPs from VMRO-DPMNE.

The new party leader, Hristijan Mickoski, recently said that their MPs will return to Parliament “when a democratic environment is created for it to function”.

The opposition will continue to boycott Parliament’s work

Skopje, 27 December, 2017 - 21:10 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs will continue to boycott their daily work in Parliament, the temporary coordinator of the MP’s group, Vlatko Gjorchev confirmed this for Telma TV.

The opposition will continue to boycott the work of Parliament after they were revolted by the Criminal Court’s decision to extend the detention for another 30 days for MPs Krsto Mukoski, Sasho Vasilevski and Ljuben Arnaudov, the former Minister of Interior and the Director of the Bureau of Public Safety, Mitko CHavkov, the organizers of the protests led by “A United Macedonia” Igor Durlovski, Boris Damovski, Bogdan Ilievski and 16 others, all suspects for the violence at Parliament on the 27th of April.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that today he expects the opposition to return to Parliament as fast as possible. In order to work together on the reforms that will move the country towards the EU and NATO.

Activists are calling out to the parents to boycott the classes due to the enormous pollution

Skopje, 14 December, 2017 - 12:35 (META) 

The activists fighting for clean air and a healthy environment have called out the parents to boycott the classes on the 20th of December (Wednesday) due to the enormous pollution.

On the “Boycott the Classes'” Facebook page they state that none of the protests have ever contributed to solving the problem with the solution and therefore the ways of expressing the revolt are changing.

“Air quality measurement stations that are allocated throughout Skopje for the last two weeks are indicating an enormous air pollution. Regarding the importance of dealing with the pollution, as the biggest and most dangerous problem, for 4 years we have been reminding the authorities. So far, we have tried with more gatherings to express the discontent of not dealing with any of the issues of this complex problem, in order to remind the officials to do their duties for which they have pledged to do, and in return, they are receiving salaries from our money. Since all previous forms of protest didn’t bear any fruit from now on we are changing the ways we are expressing our revolt” said the initiative.

This morning, the citizens of Skopje woke to a thick fog, lower visibility, and an enormous increase of the pollution. The Measurement stations are indicating an enormous air pollution in the Skopje area. The high levels of cancerogenic PM10 and PM2 particles are present in Centar, Karposh, Lisiche, Gazi Baba and Rektorat.

VMRO-DPMNE will boycott work in Parliament

Skopje, 12 December, 2017 - 20:41 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE will not participate in any work connected to Parliament or parliamentary bodies, due to the imprisonment of MPs Krsto Mukoski, Ljuben Arnaudov and Sašo Vasilevski who are in the pre-trial “Shutka” prison, as well as MPs Johan Tarculovski, and Žaklina Peshevska and Ljupco Dimovski who are under house arrest.

“Currently, SDSM is the ruling majority and they have a duty to provide all the conditions for the smooth functioning of Parliament. I think that at this moment, when 12% of our parliamentary group, that is, six MPs are in custody, there are no appropriate conditions for us to participate adequately in the work of Parliament” said MP Goran Manojloski of VMRO-DPMNE, who answered today at a press conference whether they will participate in tomorrow’s debate on the Law on Languages.

Manojlovski said that according to their unofficial data, MP Mukoski has been hungry for a week in “Shutka” jail and that his health condition has worsened. He added that there had been human rights violations against the persons suspected for the events of April 27th, informed representatives of the international community.

The six MPs are part of  the 36 people being prosecuted by the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office for “endangering the constitutional order and security”, in connection with the violence in Parliament on April 27th of this year.

Councilors from VMRO-DPMNE from the Municipality of Vevcani have resigned collectively

Struga, 2 December, 2017 - 19:17 (META) 

Today, councilors from VMRO-DPMNE submitted a collective resignation from their positions in the Council of the Municipality of Vevcani in protest against, as they say, “the politics and the way of SDSM’s rule, and in support of their co-party member in Parliament, Krsto Mukoski. ”

“As a sign of revolt and protest against the manner of SDSM’s governing, as well as the recent political smear campaigns that they are conducting against innocent citizens and in solidarity with all the victims of this totalitarian regime, today we, as advisers, submit irrevocable resignations and we are returning the mandates that we received from the citizens of the Municipality of Vevcani”, said the VMRO DPMNE councilor from Vevcani, Jovica Lesoski.

VMRO-DPMNE has four council seats in the municipal council, and all four councilors will boycott their work.