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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”.

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.