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Dimovski: Our position on the “3-6-9” plan has changed due to political revanchism


Skopje, 3 December, 2017 - 14:56 (META) 

MP from VMRO-DPMNE, Ilija Dimovski, said that the party’s position in support of government reforms for the plan “3-6-9” has changed, TV “Alsat-M” reports.

Dimovski added that this recent change was affected by recent developments, ie the annulment of the immunity of the six MPs from VMRO-DPMNE.

“SDSM showed that there is no need for opposition in Parliament. From now on everything is possible. Our attitude has changed a lot, because of the political revanchism”,says Dimovski.

On December 1st, Parliament approved the request made by the Basic Court Skopje to revoke the immunity and to detain MPs Krsto Mukovski, Ljuben Arnaudov, Johan Tarculovski, Sašo Vasilevski, Ljupco Dimovski and Žaklina Peshevska, because of their participation in the violence that occurred on April 27th, this year Parliament.

Earlier, the opposition’s stance was that it would support the government’s reforms that would speed up the process of state integration into NATO and the European Union.


The Parliament began the discussion for the appointment of a public prosecutor and then stopped


Skopje, 25 November, 2017 - 19:57 (META) 

The Parliament began the discussion for the appointment of Ljubomir Joveski for a new public prosecutor, but after an explanation about nomination by the Deputy Minister for Justice, Oliver Ristovski and the speech given by VMRO-DPMNE’s MP, Ilija Dimovski, the president of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferri, stopped the session and for its continuation he will additionally send notifications.

In his explanation, the Deputy Minister for Justice stated that Joveski has built his entire career within the legal institutions i.e. the Court, the Public Prosecution and as a member of the Council of Public Prosecutors and that his professional experience and his high moral features were the main reasons why the government has proposed him for this position.

-His biography is a guarantee for a successful accomplishment of his position as a Public Prosecutor in front of which lie many challenges – said Ristovski.

The MP and the coordinator of one of the 10 VMRO-DPMNE’s MP groups, Ilija DImovski, in his speech didn’t problematize the proposal for Joveski’s appointment for this position but he asked the public prosecutor to be nominated by the opposition and to be elected with two-thirds majority including a control of the work of the Public Prosecution.


An employee from the municipality of Veles has threatened Zaev and Baily with hanging


Veles, 6 November, 2017 - 16:01 (META) 

Today, the newly-elected mayor of the municipality of Veles, Ace Kocevski, at a press conference accused MP Ilija Dimovski of having a personal driver who was employed in the municipality and is causing damage to the budget for large sums of money.

According to Kocevski’s calculations, the total debt of the Municipality of Veles amounts to 169.197.606 denars or 2.751.180 euros.

Kocevski pointed out that there are indications that two employees of the municipal administration participated in the bloody events in Parliament on April the 27th and added that appropriate measures would be initiated if this proves to be true.

Among other things, during the mandate of the previous mayor, Slavco Chadiev, it was noted that the municipal administration was overstaffed and were working for the benefit of a political party during working hours, which led to serious criminal offences.

“An employee sent extreme and violent messages such as, “Greet the leader of Murtino and the one who sends money from the embassy, but before Veles is bilingual, you and them will hang in the middle of the neighborhood….” And now I have to work with this person? Asked Kocevski.


SPO wants to confiscate 2.2 million euros in assets and property from Gruevski, Protoger and Dimovski


Skopje, 26 September, 2017 - 20:02 (META) 

The Special Prosecutor’s Office in the indictment for the “Titanic” case are asking the leader of VMRO-DPMNE and former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, the former chief of his cabinet, Martin Protoger, the current MP of VMRO-DPMNE in Parliament, Ilija Dimovski and the accused Leko Ristovski to confiscate assets worth 2.2 million euros.

This sum, according to the SPO, corresponds to the unlawfully provided funds for financing the election campaigns of the party in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The Special Public Prosecutor’s Office on its new website has published prosecutorial acts for all the 20 cases it has opened, which are related and arose from the wiretapped conversations.

Only the content of the “Target” and “Fortress” cases was not published.

The published charges may reveal interesting moments and curiosity to the defendants in the cases and ways in which the offenses for which they are charged for were committed.


VMRO-DPMNE has left the hall when the bill for increasing of pensions didn’t pass


Skopje, 11 September, 2017 - 12:48 (META) 

At today’s plenary session, the parliamentary majority has rejected the proposal submitted by VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs for passing a Law for increasing the pensions for 5%, starting from the 1st of January, next year.

As soon as this happened, VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs, as a sign of revolt, abandoned the hall.

Ilija Dimovski, the coordinator of one of the MP groups of the opposition party, said that they will give the President of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferi a deadline of 15 minutes in order to secure a quorum in the hall with the MPs of the majority coalition, after which VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs will return to the hall and if a majority is not secured, the general public will see how the Parliament will make its decisions, said Dimovski.

Otherwise, on the agenda of today’s session are the impeachments that were submitted by VMRO-DPMNE for the ministers of the ministries for agriculture, forestry, and water, for labor and social policy and for foreign affairs, Ljupco NIkolovski, Mila Carovska and Nikola Dimitrov.

The session will continue at 12.30h.


Parliament votes in favour to announce an advertisement for appointing a new Attorney General


Skopje, 7 September, 2017 - 17:00 (META) 

MPs in Parliament, with 61 votes “for”, voted in favour for calling an announcement for appointing a new Attorney General. During the voting, MPs from VMRO-DPMNE left the hall.

The coordinator of the VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary group, Ilija Dimovski, demanded that the vote be on Monday, because previously, the Parliament Seaker, Talat Xhaferi concluded that there was no majority.

Putting this item up for a vote, for Dimovski, is ignoring the word given by Xhaferi that the session will continue on Monday.

“For us, this is a violation of Article 8a of the Electoral Code. We would like to inform you that if you violate the given word that the session will resume on Monday, we will leave the hall during the vote”, said Dimovski.

Xhaferi answered that after a conversation with him, the coordinators of the parliamentary groups informed him that the parliamentary majority was secured and therefore the session was called.


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 has moved the session to start at 15h, Dimovski announces “more reactions”


Skopje, 17 August, 2017 - 13:56 (META) 

Instead of starting at 11h, as was announced this morning by the Parliament’s press service, the first plenary session will start today at 15h. According to the Parliament’s latest press release, the agenda will not be changed – what will happen first is the continuation of the 8th session, on which schedule are 12 points, among which is the election of deputies of the Parliament’s General Secretary, including the Law for increasing the minimum wage.

The MPs will start the 13th continuation of the 6th session, during which there will be a vote for the dismissal of the Public Prosecutor, Marko Zvrlevski.

The President of the Parliament has announced yesterday that today there will be a vote for the dismissal of Zvrlevski that came after VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs left the session yesterday. The MPs have called upon a letter of the Anticorruption Committee according to which the period before the elections should not be used for discussions and dismissals of public servants.

Ilija Dimovski has announced yesterday that such acts are contrary to the Election Code. He confirmed for “Meta” agency that there will be more reactions by VMRO-DPMNE concerning this “violation of the law.”


VMRO-DPMNE left the discussion about Zvrlevski’s dismissal “since it was illegal”


Skopje, 16 August, 2017 - 19:56 (META) 

The coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE’s MP group, Ilija Dimovski submitted a copy of State Committee for Corpution Prevention’s opinion which states that the Public Prosecutor cannot be dismissed until the local elections are over, on the 15th of October.

The opinion of the State Committee was read by Dimovski and he gave a copy to Parliament speaker Talat Xhaferi. Dimovski also said that VMRO-DPMNE’s and the coalition’s MPs will leave the session and will stop the discussion.

-Nine MPs have registered for a discussion but we shall not continue with the discussion, with remarks, with procedural notifications in order not to participate in this illegal procedure. Everything that is illegal is now on paper, and we shall not be a part of this – said Dimovski.

He also said that the MPs will participate in the discussion on any other session that will discuss the citizens’ existential issues.

The President of the Parliament replied that the State Committee for Preventing Corruption is unauthorized to address the Parliament and is disrupting the Rule book. He said that an organ that is approved by the Parliament cannot be its controller especially if it is addressing the Parliament illegally.

After he called upon the names of the MPs who registered to talk and since they left the session, Xhaferi stopped the discussion and said that “since the discussion list has been exhausted, he is stopping the session and will additionally inform about the continuation of the discussion upon this subject.”


Tomorrow the session for Zvrlevski’s dismissal continues, there is little chance of a solution


Skopje, 14 August, 2017 - 20:27 (META) 

Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, despite the announcing that the parliamentary debate concerning the sixth session for the dismissal of the Attorney General, Marko Zvrlevski, will continue after 18:00 pm, he interrupted the session and scheduled a continuation for tomorrow at 11:00 am.

Today’s session passed with remarks and counter-remarks by MPs from VMRO-DPMNE, who asked that they not discuss Marko Zvrlevski’s dismissal, but instead, the strategy for refugees, the agreement with Bulgaria, the borrowing, the landfill in Struga and the partisation of the administration.

The coordinator from VMRO-DPMNE, Ililija Dimovski accused SDSM of breaking promises they had made before the elections, such as introducing rule and order, equality, and transparency. He said once they came into power, they forgot about the promises they made to the people and are focusing on the partisation of the administration.

MPs from VMRO-DPMNE, while discussing among themselves, said that SDSM is selling state and national interests, and the debate on Zvrlevski’s dismissal is the only way to de-focus the public from the real issues.

The ruling party, SDSM did not take part in today’s debate, only the coordinator of the parliamentary group, Tomislav Tuntev appeared on the rostrum and said that what VMRO-DPMNE are doing regarding the session on Zvrlevski’s dismissal “resembles April”, alluding to the events and violence which took place on April the 27th during the election of the Parliament Speaker. He noted that the majority would not take part in such a “senseless debate”.