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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”.

Xhaferi: As long as we have work to do we will have to keep on working and we shall continue tomorrow

Skopje, 12 August, 2017 - 20:32 (META) 

The President of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferi didn’t accept the request from the coordinator of one of VMRO-DPMNE’s 10 MP groups, Ilija Dimovski, for the session for the dismissal of the state Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski to continue on Monday and has set the continuation of the discussion for tomorrow starting at 11 h.

Today’s continuation of the session for dismissal of the public prosecutor occurred without tensions but with remarks and counter-remarks among VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs, and apart from mutual outsmarting, there wasn’t a greater nervousness neither by the end when Xhaferi didn’t grant Dimovski’s request.

-Today’s behavior was a result of each MP’s behavior separately. As long as there is work to do we have to continue working. You set the dynamics of the flow of the debate. I cannot discontinue the debate. Today we have 60 calls for remarks for two MPs who apart from two MPs all of the others are VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs. I will leave the citizens to evaluate my work as I don’t expect that to be done by those that don’t recognize me – said Xhaferi.

Even today, VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs issued remarks and counter-remarks demanding a discussion about the raging fires, the indebtedness, the refugee strategy, the Law for languages, the dump near Struga and the personnel changes at various state institutions, instead of Zvrlevski’s dismissal which to them is illegal as it is occurring in a period when local elections have been announced.

Previously, part of VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs attacked the media and the NGO’s that are working for the government by criticizing the opposition as if they are blocking the dismissal of the public prosecutor instead of reporting about more important issues.

Parliament on the edge of an incident with opposition pushing and shoving in front of the rostrum

Skopje, 12 August, 2017 - 10:04 (META) 

In the Parliament hall, after 19:00pm emotions became high, when MPs from VMRO-DPMNE gathered around the rostrum opposing the Parliament Speaker, while they were shouting and creating chaos, Ilija Dimovski from VMRO-DPMNE took the card from the Paliament Speaker, then he called security, where most of all the present MPs from the opposition were gathered around the rostrum.

Before all the noise, Dragan Danev, the coordinator of one of VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary groups, asked for one hour break. After they carried on with their debate, shortly after 19:00, there was a remark with a procedural note when Zoran Ilioski asked for an hour break, because, as he said, they did not know how Parliament Speaker Xhaferi planed to conduct the session. Instead of doing something about that, Xhaferi asked MP Pavlince Cestojnova to come out and speak, while Ilioski and Dimovski were arguing in front of the rostrum, then Dimovski pulled Xhaferi’s card. After that he called out and then the MPs of VMRO-DPMNE gathered at the rostrum, demanding a break, while Vlatko Gjorcev was the loudest. Each of the parties kept their own views, and then Xhaferi gave them a 10-minute break.

Immediately afterwards, their discussion continued as before, with the security and MPs around the rostrum, where again a break was requested, then the MPs and especially Gjorcev, told Xhaferi that he was incorrectly conducting the session and that he was the first Parliament Speaker who in 70 years history called the police five times in the hall. Less than ten minutes later, however, Xhaferi called for the security for him to leave the hall and asked the MPs to return to their seats.

Half-empty hall, remarks and counter-remarks on the continuation of the debate regarding Zvrlevski

Skopje, 11 August, 2017 - 17:29 (META) 

The eighth continuation of the parliamentary debate regarding the dismissal of Attorney General, Marko Zvrlevski, has begun and has been developing with the same pattern of remarks and counter-remarks between the MPs of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE and on procedural remarks.

Today, at the beginning of the continuation of the session, VMRO-DPMNE’s MP, Ilija Dimovski asked the Parliament Speaker to suspend the debate due to Article 8-a of the Electoral Code, which, he said, instructs Parliament due to the announced local elections to put the debate on hold, and also, because almost half of the MPs were not present in the Parliament Hall.

The debate got worse after the independent MP from the ruling coalition, Pavle Bogoevski, said on the rostrum that what VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs do in the Parliament is nothing to do with democracy, but they just try to save the skin of some party members that “should go to prison”.

VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs reacted strongly, and Daniela Rangelova asked Bogoevski to apologize to all MPs for threatening them with prison.

Dimovski asks for session on Zvrlevski be adjourned until October, Xhaferi disagrees

Skopje, 7 August, 2017 - 13:51 (META) 

The sixth plenary session, which began with the debate on the Government’s proposal to dismiss the Attorney General, Marko Zvrlevski, was interrupted by MP Ilija Dimovski, who immediately demanded that the session be adjourned and continued after the local elections, on October 15th.

“In accordance with Article 8a of the Electoral Code, from the day elections are announced, until the end of the elections, MPs can not make decisions, they can not start procedures for the employment of new individuals or terminate working relations of current public officials, in other words, all procedures are put on hold. On August the 5th, the day before the local elections were announced, the Government appointed 1000 members in management and supervisory boards, as well as appointing directors, because they knew that this would be the deadline, before the local elections were announced”, said Dimovski.

He told Xhaferi that just as he had called for all to comply with the announcement of local elections, and for laws to be respected, he himself, is also obliged to respect the laws and the Constitution, and therefore, to put on hold the dismissal of Zvrlevski.
To this, the Speaker of Parliament, Talat Xhaferi replied that he could interrupt the Rules and Regulations however he wants, however he is implements the norm.

Zaev will present the MPs the agreement with Bulgaria for an insight behind a closed session

Skopje, 14 July, 2017 - 18:38 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who presented today the “3-6-9” reformatory plan in front of the Commission for European Issues, promised that the Agreement with Bulgaria will be presented to the MPs.

He said that the MPs will have an opportunity to analyze the Agreement at a session that will be closed to the general public because it represents a document that still hasn’t been finalized i.e. signed.

The Prime Minister’s reaction came when the coordinator of the first out of VMRO-DPMNE’s ten MP groups Ilija Dimovski, have accused the Government that it ignores the opposition regarding the agreement with Bulgaria, that it keeps silent about the details regarding the visit of the head of the Macedonian diplomacy Nikola Dimitrov in Athens, and the opposition wasn’t consulted about the Law for the languages.

– The Bulgarian MPs were handed over the Agreement for a secretive insight into its content and we have no insight. Today there was a vote against having a parliamentary discussion regarding this issue. We seek consultations from other parties, for achieving a national and state consensus for the problems with Bulgaria and Greece – said Dimovski, who demanded that the opposition is to be consulted regarding the LAw for the languages.

Dimovski: We will vote for the declaration, but not for the conclusions from the “3-6-9” plan

Skopje, 14 July, 2017 - 17:19 (META) 

The coordinator of one of the ten parliamentary groups of VMRO-DPMNE, Ilija Dimovski, at a session of the Committee on European Affairs, said that the party would support the declaration for speeding up the reform and integration processes, but not the conclusions. He also asked that in the declaration, they insert a point that would require the respect and acknowledgement of the International Court of Justice’s judgment in the Hague in the Euro-Atlantic integration of the country.

Dimovski said that the government’s plan “3-6-9” is not much different from the plans the previous government made after every report by the European Commission, but unlike now, the previous government included the opposition and other parties in the drafting of the plans.

“Because the composition of this government has ministers from the previous composition, they can teach you”, said Dimovski, adding that they will support part of the government’s plan, that is, everything that benefits the citizens.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that the “3-6-9” plan represents a real perspective for Euro-Atlantic integrations of the Republic of Macedonia, but also for improving the lives of the citizens.

“We do not ask that the opposition accepts everything, just to give ideas and be constructive, and the ruling party to accept positive proposals from the opposition. It is in everyone’s interest”, said Zaev.

Six VMRO-DPMNE MPs have sent letters to Prime Minister Zaev requesting insight into the agreement with Bulgaria

Skopje, 11 July, 2017 - 16:14 (META) 

MPs Ilija Dimovski, Nikola Poposki, Trajko Veljanoski, Antonio Miloshoski, Emil Dimitriev and Vlatko Gjorchev, addressed a letter, to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, and are demanding that the Agreement for good neighborly relations with Bulgaria be transparent and be analyzed by MPs from the opposition .

The coordinator of one of the ten VMRO-DPMNE’s MP groups, Ilija Dimovski, said that they have done this because the Bulgarian media have passed on information that the content of the Agreement has already been sent to the Bulgarian Parliament for analysis.

“Because we appreciate that this document should be sent to our Parliament in order to avoid all doubts and in order to relieve the concerns of the citizens that has amounted in recent days. They promised to work transparently but so far there has been is none of that. Once again we call upon Prime Minister Zaev to fulfill that in the spirit of transparency. As the opposition, we shall be constructive but we will not accept agreements that will damage our national interests”, said Dimovski who now thinks that the Agreement should be presented behind closed doors or at an open session at the Commission for Foreign Affairs.