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Xhaferi announced that tomorrow there will be a vote on Zvrlevski’s dismissal

Skopje, 16 August, 2017 - 22:13 (META) 

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi announced that tomorrow, Parliament will vote on the Government’s proposal to dismiss the Attorney General of the Republic of Macedonia, Marko Zvrlevski, after MPs from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE left the session this afternoon referring to a letter from the State Commission for Preventing Corruption, who determined that in the period before local elections, there should not be a discussion and state officials should not be dismissed.

“Today I found that the list of reports have been exhausted and tomorrow during the continuation of this session, there will be a vote on the Government’s proposal for the dismissal of the Attorney General of the Republic of Macedonia”, said Xhaferi in a statement for TV21.

Xhaferi believes that the State Commission for Preventing Corruption is illegally addressing Parliament and is violating the Rules and Regulations.

“The Parliament Speaker did not address the State Commission for Preventing Corruption, as authentic interpretation of certain laws according to the Rules and Regulations is up to Parliament and is in Parliament’s jurisdiction. The letter from the SCPC does not produce any formal legal obligations towards me or Parliament, which is the highest legislative body and therefore, can not obstruct the work of Parliament. The Parliament Speaker did not address this commission”, said Xhaferi at the end of today’s continuation of the session.

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.”

In Parliament, poetry, jokes and ridicule at the Government’s decisions for the new personnel

Skopje, 15 August, 2017 - 14:11 (META) 

MPs from VMRO-DPMNE at today’s continuation of the discussion regarding the dismissal of the Attorney General, Marko Zvrlevski, besides praising his work as State Public Prosecutor, they also recited poetry and told jokes at the expense of the government’s decisions on the new personnel in the state institutions.

“With the discussion regarding the dismissal of Marko Zvrlevski, they want to de-focus the public from important issues and problems in Macedonia. In the past few days, we have had cases which indicate that Macedonia is becoming a police state. A few days ago, little children were shot and yesterday in Struga there was a murder”, said Zoran Ilioski.

MP Ivan Ivanov from the opposition party, from the parliamentary rostrum told a joke where he tried to point out that the government is selling the national interests for their personal gain.

His colleague, Dimitar Stevanandzija recited Blaže Koneski’s poem “Teskoto”, which he devoted to all cultural workers.

“I devote these verses to all cultural workers so they can tear up their diplomas and throw them outside the Ministry of Culture, because, as of today, the director of “Tanec” is a person with secondary school education”, said Stevanandzija.

Members from the Anti-Corruption Commission return from vacation, they’ll be considering VMRO-DPMNE’s request

Skopje, 15 August, 2017 - 12:03 (META) 

Yesterday, members of the State Commission for Preventing Corruption returned from vacation and went back to work, informed the State Commission for Preventing Corruption  for “Meta”.

On their daily agenda, there should have been a request by MPs from VMRO-DPMNE  for the State Commission for Preventing Corruption to give their interpretation regarding Article 8-a of the Electoral Code, which, at the time of elections, in the case of local elections, forbids procedures such as employing new personnel or terminating of employment in state and public institutions. VMRO-DPMNE requested to stop the debate in Parliament regarding the dismissal of the Attorney General of the Republic of Macedonia, Marko Zvrlevski, until the State Commission for Preventing Corruption voices their opinion.

When there is information regarding the request, the public will be immediately informed, stated the State Commission for Preventing Corruption.

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”.

Tuntev: This resembles the occurrences on the 27th of April and we shall not participate in the burlesque with Zvrlevski

Skopje, 14 August, 2017 - 14:23 (META) 

The coordinator of SDSM’s MP group, Tomislav Tuntev, during today’s continuation of the parliamentary session for dismissal of the state public prosecutor, Marko Zvrlevski has said that what VMRO-DPMNE is doing, very much “resembles the occurrences in April” alluding to the outbreak of violence on the 27th of April during the election of the president of the Parliament.

Tuntev said that the majority will not participate in a “meaningless discussion.”

-We have all rejected our discussion in order to have this burlesque with the dismisal of the state public prosecutor finished sooner. What is happening now, this hate speech, resembles of what happened in April and I hope that the collegues in the opposition will stop what they are doing and we shall start with the procedure for naming a new state public prosecutor – said Tuntev.

Otherwise, even today’s, 10th continuation of the session for the dismissal of Zvrlevski is happening with remarks and counter-remarks among the VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs, who are demanding that instead of public prosecutor’s dismissal there should be a discussion about the indebtedness, the refugees’ strategy, the dump in Struga, the Law for languages. Part of them also spoke about yesterday;s celebration of the 16th anniversary of the Ohrid Framework Agreement during which, according to them, the Macedonian language was treated as a language of a second rank.

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.

The Vacation is over, the Anti-Corruption Committee will be writing its reply on Monday

Skopje, 11 August, 2017 - 20:26 (META) 

The members of the State Committee for Corruption Prevention will return to work on Monday, as on Sunday their vacation ends, as was confirmed by the Committee for Meta.

The Anti-Corruption Committee was at the center of political clashes when VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs have filed a request from DKSK to state its opinion. The MPs claim that the parliamentary session for dismissal of Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski, that was started on the 5th of July and is still ongoing, is in contradiction with article 8 of the Election code.

According to this article, starting from the day when a decision is made for calling in elections, a procedure for employing new people or procedures for firing people in state and public institutions cannot be started, and the started procedures are put to rest except in case of urgent and exigent matters, claims VMRO-DPMNE.The MPs claim that the point of Zvrlevski’s dismissal is not “urgent or exigent” and demand an opinion from the Anti-Corruption Committee.

According to the information that Meta has received from the Committee, it is possible that the people working in this Committee will reply to VMRO-DPMNE as earliest as Monday.

In the discussion at the 6th session at the Parliament for Zvrlevski’s dismissal, who was described as “one of the chief collaborators of Nikola Gruevski’s regime” by SDSM, when this party was an opposition party, the main discussion was led by VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs who claimed that Zvrlevski was a professional without a spot in his career in the last 30 years. SDSM only want to change him due to political reasons i.e. as a revenge because he started the “Putsch” and “Ransom” cases against the President of the Party. Zoran Zaev.

Line 4, added to the Electoral Code in Przino, is holding up the dismissal of Zvrlevski

Skopje, 11 August, 2017 - 11:40 (META) 

The provision of Article 8-a of the Electoral Code, which VMRO-DPMNE requested an opinion from the State Commission for Preventing Corruption (SCPC), regarding the parliamentary debate on the dismissal of the Attorney General, Marko Zvrlevski, was added to the Electoral Code in accordance with the Przino Agreement, which was signed to solve the political crisis in 2015 by SDSM, VMRO-DPMNE, DUI and DPA.

The MPs from the opposition party believe that the parliamentary session debating the public prosecutor’s dismissal , which began on 5th of July and is still in progress, is contrary to Article 8-a, paragraph 1, line 4 of the Electoral Code, according to which “from the day of the decision to call an election, a procedure cannot begin for employing new persons or procedures for termination of employment in state and public institutions, and the initiated procedures are put on hold, except in urgent cases”.

The provision was part of the package of amendments and additions to the Electoral Code adopted by the Parliament in November 2015, which came from the obligations from the Przino Agreement.

The amendments to the Electoral Code were also one of the requests of SDSM, who were the opposition at the time, and as a basis the recommendations were taken from the OSCE /ODIHR report on the early parliamentary and presidential elections held in 2014.

VMRO-DPMNE blocked the rostrum and the session on Zvrlevski’s dismissal

Skopje, 9 August, 2017 - 13:01 (META) 

Less than 10 minutes after the beginning of the seventh continuation of the sixth session of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, the session was interrupted because MPs from VMRO-DPMNE came out onto the rostrum after a brief argument between Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, and Antonio Milososki, who came out onto the rostrum. Xhaferi urged security to intervene, but MPs from VMRO-DPMNE went out onto the rostrum and after the Speaker of Parliament ‘s appeals to leave the hall failed, Xhaferi declared a ten minute break.

The government’s proposal for dismissal of the Attorney General of the Republic of Macedonia, Marko Zvrlevski, should be discussed at the session. Firstly, Ilija Dimovski from VMRO-DPMNE spoke, who reiterated his party’s views that it was an unlawful dismissal and asked for the session to be interrupted. Dimovski at one point told Xhaferi that he was doing an illegal job, and since he started to solve this, he should start and determine the price of electricity.

MPs from VMRO-DPMNE asked the Commission for Preventing Corruption yesterday, to clarify whether the procedure for the dismissal of the Attorney General should continue, although it is unclear why the commission, whose members are on vacation, should give their opinion.

SDSM called VMRO-DPMNE’s request to postpone Zvrlevski’s dismissal after local elections absurd. The ruling party said that the procedure for dismissing Zvrlevski is completely legal and transparent.