SDSM decides not to call snap parliamentary elections

Skopje, 13 February, 2019 - 12:41 (META) 

SDSM’s Executive Board has decided not to call for snap parliamentary elections along with the forthcoming presidential elections, as the opposition demanded. When the session was over yesterday evening, spokesperson Kostadin Kostadinov said that the citizens are requesting to see the results from the economy, the reforms, and the integrations first.

“A party to which the interest of the citizens and the state come first doesn’t consider the early elections even when the ratings and the support from the citizens are much higher than the opposition’s ratings. As a responsible government, we announced an economic year, the creation of a strong economy that is providing opportunities for everyone. The economy is stabilized and working, the investments are on the rise, new jobs are being opened, and people earn more money. That is a good basis for rolling up the sleeves and devoting to results that the citizens are demanding to everything that is necessary for a better living standard for all of our citizens” said Kostadinov.

Regarding the presidential elections, he said that there will be crystal clear, fair and democratic presidential elections in the Republic of North Macedonia where the citizens will win and where SDSM will win.

“SDSM’s Executive Board authorized the party’s president, the general and the organization secretaries, to conduct consultations with the coalition partners as well as with other parliamentary and non-parliamentary groups, in order to come up with a consensual candidate for a president of the country, to stand in support together behind this candidate for whom the citizens can provide their support” said Kostadinov.

Igor Janushev appointed Head of the VMRO-DPMNE’s Electoral team for the forthcoming elections

Skopje, 25 January, 2019 - 13:35 (META) 

During yesterday’s session, VMRO-DPMNE’s Executive committee appointed Jovan Jauleski Chairman of the party’s Youth Union and Igor Janushev, the Secretary-General of the party, was appointed Head of the Electoral team for the forthcoming presidential elections, informs the party.

Stefan Andonovski was appointed Advisor for international politics to party’s President Hristijan Mickovski, while Toni Dimitrievski was appointed Advisor for goodneighborly politics.

The Executive committee at this session also discussed about the preparations for the party convention for election of a candidate for a president of VMRO-DPMNE, that will be held in Struga on 16th of February.

The party informs that the Executive committee also discussed the current political and economic situation in the country and, as they claim, the chaos that was caused by the current government.

VMRO-DPMNE reiterates that the fastest and most effective way out are snap parliamentary elections, that should be held together with the presidential elections.

Zaev: Polls being conducted for 10 most suitable presidential candidates

Skopje, 22 January, 2019 - 15:26 (META) 

SDSM’s Central Board will get together on Friday and a debate about a consensual candidate is underway, replied  Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today at the press conference regarding projects on the road infrastructure when asked about the name of the consensual presidential candidate.

He also said that as a party and as a coalition that wants to win at the presidential elections, they are conducting polls which candidate will be best accepted by the public and that he or she should be acceptable for everyone.

“Poll is being conducted for 10 people. We are going step by step and we are debating, we are listening to the opinions of the civil organizations, the voice of the citizens, in order to find a person that represents the most acceptable solution for everyone’ said Zaev.

He added that if there will be only presidential elections, they should pass more comfortably for the citizens, in order not to disturb the processes in the country. The prime minister repeated his view that personally he is against organizing parliamentary elections parallel to the presidential elections.

“In the past period we’ve had to make difficult decisions and the citizens should now feel the results from these decisions. However, the party should also be listened to, as all of the polls indicate that SDSM and the Coalition have the advantage and this means that snap elections are favorable for us. That means a secure 4-year mandate, a majority in Parliament, but the country will suffer,” said Zaev adding that it is certain that along with the presidential elections there will be local elections for new mayors of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar.

When asked about the Law on Languages that was submitted to the Venice Commission, the prime minister said that all of the suggestions will be implemented in order to clear out any doubt among the citizens.

Elections again in Macedonia, this time presidential

Skopje, 21 January, 2019 - 17:01 (META) 

In the Republic of Macedonia, in April, this year, the sixth presidential elections are set to be held. The presidential election, as envisaged by the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia, should be announced 60 days before the end of the mandate of the current head of state. The incumbent President Gjorge Ivanov’s second five-year term expires on May 12th.

Although no political party has ever come out with a presidential candidate, some politicians have shown interest in joining the race for the position of “father of the state” with frequent appearances in the public and in the media.

In his last statement, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev pointed out that around ten names are up as candidates for the presidential election of his party SDSM and announced that the party and its highest bodies will deliberate and close the issue this weekend.

So far, the names of former presidential candidate Stevo Pendarovski, Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska, Minister Oliver Spasovski, have been mentioned as potential candidates from SDSM in public.

The government’s coalition partner, the DUI party, holds the view that Macedonia needs a consensus candidate for president that will be acceptable to all citizens of any ethnicity, with identical strategic interests of the majority of the citizens of Macedonia. The party said that such a candidate is Professor Denko Malevski who is also acceptable to SDSM.

Opposition VMRO-DPMNE has issued a public advertisment for applications for presidential election, which will be open until January 31. The presidential candidate will be elected by 550 delegates at the VMRO-DPMNE convention by secret ballot. The candidate who receives the most votes from all candidates, but not less than 1/3 of the total number of delegates, shall be considered.

VMRO-DPMNE MP Vlatko Gjorcev first announced that he will be running for his party for the election of their candidate for president. Possible candidates of VMRO-DPMNE, besides Gjorchev, are ex-MPs as well as ministers.

The presidential term lasts for five years. For the President of the Republic, the same person can be elected two times the most.

The President must be a citizen of the Republic of Macedonia, at least 40 years of age at the time of the elections. The Constitution stipulates that a candidate for President of the Republic can be proposed by at least 10,000 voters or at least 30 MPs.

The election campaign of the candidates for president of the Republic of Macedonia begins 20 days before Election Day.

Mickoski demands extraordinary parliamentary elections together with presidential elections

Skopje, 11 January, 2019 - 21:21 (META) 

In his first statement after the adoption of the amendments to the Constitution in Parliament by 81 votes, the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski demanded the dissolution of Parliament and for extraordinary parliamentary elections along with presidential elections.

Mickoski said he would not support any changes to the Constitution for the change of the constitutional name and that the Prespa Agreement will inflict huge damage and bring injustice.

“VMRO-DPMNE demands the immediate dissolution of Parliament and we demand that extraordinary parliamentary elections along with presidential elections are held, in accordance with legal regulations, and if we go on past experience, VMRO-DPMNE will win in these elections,” said Mickoski.

Mickoski: We will not dismiss Janchev or Rangelova, we are preparing for elections

Skopje, 12 October, 2018 - 13:57 (META) 

The president of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski has categorically denied the unofficial information and media reports that Vice President Mitko Janchev and President of the Union of Women, Daniela Rangelova will be dismissed at this afternoon’s session of the Executive Committee.

The leader of the opposition party told “Plusinfo” that it is speculation cooked up in the Social Democrats ‘kitchen’ and is a futile attempt to de-focus the Macedonian public from the essential problems in the country and also from the fact that the referendum was unsuccessful.

“I strongly contest that there will any kind of dismissal at any session of the Executive Committee. I have not even thought about it, nor do I plan such a thing. We are preparing for elections and we do not intend to deal with speculation from the SDSM kitchen after the failed referendum. I, as President and as a man, at no point did I think of such a thing. I have good communication with Janchev, we talked just this morning,” says Miskovski adding that it is a regular session of the Executive Committee at which the party plans to finalize preparations for upcoming early parliamentary elections.

VMRO-DPMNE to file 200 criminal charges regarding irregularities in the referendum

Skopje, 5 October, 2018 - 11:27 (META) 

Vice-President of VMRO-DPMNE, Aleksandar Nikolovski informed that the Central Committee at its last session confirmed the conclusions from the Executive Committee; the dismissal of the public prosecutor and the election of a public prosecutor on the proposal of the opposition, the establishment of an Inquiry Committee in Parliament who will investigate all irregularities in connection with the referendum and respect for the law on government and elections in order to form a Government in the Przino model with a mandate of 100 days.

“Tonight, the Central Committee came to the conclusion urgently to municipal committees to form municipal electoral headquarters that will function until the end of the presidential election. The Central Committee has analyzed in detail the irregularities in certain municipalities where over 50,000 votes were abused during the day of the referendum, ie there was filling of boxes, as well as all pressures that occurred before the referendum day and all the continuous pressures that occur after the referendum day. Almost all the presidents of municipal committees have reported that a large number of citizens who did not vote in the referendum or who have voted against, have been moved from their jobs outside the law on public administration and are being sacked from private companies”, said Nikoloski.

The party vice president said that according to observers, this was a gross and violent falsification of the will of the citizens and this resulted in an unprecedented robbery to date. Therefore, Nikoloski said, the Central Committee has come to the decision that it does not recognize the result of the referendum and considers it to be rigged.

“For these reasons, VMRO-DPMNE will file criminal charges to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the next few days, against more than 200 people. These are presidents, deputy presidents, members and deputy members of the electoral boards at polling stations in the municipalities of Struga, Centar Zupa, Kicevo, Zelino, Bogovinje, Plasnica and Saraj,” he said.

After the session of the Central Committee, Nikolovski said that VMRO-DPMNE is not fighting a battle for power and elections, but are preserving the name of Macedonia.

Zaev: VMRO-DPMNE’s requests are absolutely unacceptable

Ohrid, 4 October, 2018 - 15:22 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE’s request for a technical government with a mandate of 100 days in accordance with the Przino Agreement, for a new Public prosecutor and an Inquiry Commission for the referendum, are absolutely unacceptable, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today in Ohrid, where he is taking part in a scientific conference about Macedonia’s future economic development organized by MANU.

-There is no reason nor necessity to be discussing subjects such as these. The institutions gave their comments. To request a Commission to check whether the referendum was legal, whether it was legally carried out and similar, in conditions when SEC’s president is a member of VMRO-DPMNE, including the Administrative Court, which still has the same personnel, reveals what are the intentions with requests such as these – said Zaev.

He announced that he still holds the opinion that in the forthcoming days there will be talks with the MPs at the Parliament in a calm, normal and responsible atmosphere.

-We believe that we shall have some results by the end of the week or at the start of next. Sometime around the 10th of October is a limit when we will have to announce the public about our future steps. I hope that we shall have an opportunity to announce that the necessary two third majority has been secured – said Zaev.

According to him it shall be for the benefit of the country because Macedonia will not lose more time, but stressed that the possibility of solving this situation at snap parliamentary elections still remains even though he doesn’t want the,

Sekerinska: Work on constitutional changes will begin after referendum

Skopje, 21 September, 2018 - 14:12 (META) 

We will not have any elections or a more clear demonstration than the upcoming referendum. This message will be conveyed to the public by September 30th, therefore our message is for everyone to exercise their right and express their opinion, said Minister of Defense Radmila Sekerinska while responding to a journalist’s question whether early parliamentary elections are plan “B” after MPs from VMRO – DPMNE said they will not vote on constitutional changes.

When asked whether the constitutional amendments made by the Greek side were received by the Macedonian government through the non-paper, Sekerinska pointed out that during this tome, they are being bombarded with lies and untruths. The goal, she said, is that we should again focus on the needs of the people, rather than focusing on the needs of VMRO-DPMNE and added that if the Greek side thinks that this should be done, it would be part of the agreement.

“The lies are here to not allow us to focus on the essence. We have signed an agreement and that agreement is binding. The obligations are ours, not Greek,” said Sekerinska.

Asked whether a new leadership meeting or political dialogue was needed after the referendum, Sekerinska said that “she does not believe Macedonia needs another round of negotiations on amnesty for crime and corruption.”

Kammenos: Regardless of the referendum, the Greek people will have the last word

Thessaloniki, 12 September, 2018 - 14:22 (META) 

Whatever the outcome of the referendum, the final word on the Prespa Accord will be given to the Greek people, either in a referendum or in elections, said the coalition partner in the Greek government Panos Kammenos, repeating his positions again, but revealing his next steps after Macedonia would complete the proposed obligations.

“My first proposal to the Prime Minister will be to address the Greek people, to ask for a referendum, from the Greek people to take a position on this change of decision of the leaders of the political parties. The second option we will have is any decision or debate in parliament to be postponed after the end of the four-year term. And the third and last will be the announcement of elections,” Kammenos said at a press conference at the 83rd International Fair in Thessaloniki and added that they have no mandate from the people to give away the term Macedonia any way.

The leader of the Independent Greeks explained that it was in the neighbors’ interest to “accept Greek positions” because Greece wants to help economically, “but history can not be forged and the name Macedonia used.”

“There is no Macedonian nationality, nor does a Macedonian language exist, you speak Slavic,” said Kammenos.