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Announcement for a new General Attorney has been published, the deadline for the applicants is running


Skopje, 14 September, 2017 - 12:54 (META) 

Today Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia has published the announcement for appointing of a new General Attorney, after the dismissal of Marko Zvrlevski from this position.

With this, starts officially the deadline of 15 days for applying to the interested candidates for this position.

According to the Law, after registering the candidates, the Government must submit a request for an opinion to the General Attorney Council, which has a binding role. The Parliament voted for publishing the announcement for appointing a new General Attorney, exactly a week ago.

The Council has a deadline of 15 days from the day of receiving the request from the Government to give a positive or negative opinion for all registered candidates. After that, it submits to Parliament a proposal for appointing a General Attorney with the candidates for which the Council gave a positive opinion.

If General Attorney Council does not submit an opinion within 15 days for justified reasons, it receives an additional 15-day deadline, and if within this deadline the Council does not submit an opinion, it is considered that the opinion is positive.

In case the Council does not give a favorable opinion to any of the applicants, the Government can not submit a proposal for appointing a General Attorney public and may suggest to the Parliament to repeat the announcement.

The Parliament decides on the appointing and dismissal of a General Attorney with a simple majority, which is 61 votes.


Anevski hands in his resignation due to family reasons


Skopje, 29 August, 2017 - 15:14 (META) 

Today, the president of the Council of Public Prosecutors, Petar Anevski announced that he is withdrawing from his position as president due to personal and family reasons, and he would not comment further on his decision.

He added that he resignation as President of the Council has nothing to do with other officials who have resigned in recent weeks.

The Council will consider his resignation at a session on Thursday. Anevski was re-elected as president of the Council of Public Prosecutors in September, last year, and was in office for another term.


Ljiljana Spasoska is appointed as Acting Public Prosecutor


Skopje, 29 August, 2017 - 14:29 (META) 

During today’s session, the Council of Public Prosecutors has appointed Liljana Spasoska as an Acting Public Prosecutor which will assume the office of the discharged Marko Zvrlevski until the appointment of a new public prosecutor of Republic of Macedonia.

Even according to the Public Prosecution’s annual schedule she was appointed as Zvrlevski’s deputy.

The Parliament dismissed Zvrlevski on the 17th of August. On the 22nd of August, the Government commenced a procedure for appointment of a new Public Prosecutor i.e. it proposed the Parliament to publish an advertisement for appointment of a new public prosecutor.

The Government’s proposal was put on the agenda of the first incoming session of the Parliament set for the 4th of September.


Anevski has resigned as President of the Council of Public Prosecutors


Skopje, 29 August, 2017 - 12:29 (META) 

The Пresident of the Council of Public Prosecutors, Petar Anevski, has resigned from his position, reports Alsat M.

For now, the reasons for Anevski’s decision haven’t been revealed yet.

Otherwise, the Council was supposed to hold a session for the appointment of a deputy of the dismissed Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski, who was supposed to stay in this position until the appointment of a new Public Prosecutor. The session was firstly set for this past Thursday, but it was postponed until today for not having a quorum.


What is missing on the session’s agenda are Serbia and the appointment of a new public prosecutor


Skopje, 22 August, 2017 - 14:03 (META) 

The Government, at today’s 24th session, will discuss 66 points that were stated in the announcement on its official web page.

Among the subjects stated in the agenda is the proposal for changes to the Law for internal affairs, the proposal for a Law for ratification of the Paris Agreement for climate changes and annual reports by various state institutions.

What is missing from the session’s agenda, even though it was previously announced, is the passing of the conclusion with which the Government should propose the Parliament to publish an advertisement for appointing a new State Public Prosecutor. Also, it will not discuss the latest developments in the Macedonian – Serbian relations, after the abrupt withdrawal of the complete personnel of the Serbian embassy in Skopje for having urgent consultations in Belgrade.

Otherwise, the Government’s spokesperson, Mile Boshnjakovski, this past Friday, one day after the dismissal of Marko Zvrlevski as a Public Prosecutor, announced that the procedure for appointing a new Public Prosecutor will be started on the session set for today.

The Government stresses that until the start of the session, the agenda can be changed.


Xhaferi announces an opening for a new member of the Council of Public Prosecutors


Skopje, 19 August, 2017 - 14:58 (META) 

Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, announced an advertisment for the election of a member of the Council of Public Prosecutors. Xhaferi announced the advertisment yesterday, and today it was published in some of the daily newspapers, and it should be published in the “Official Gazette”.

In the announcement, it says that the election of a member of the Council is needed from the “ranks of university law professors, lawyers and other prominent lawyers”, who will be elected by the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. (Parliament elects a total of 4 Council members coming from this group, two of which are from non-majority communities in the country).

The Council of Public Prosecutors, which has a total of 11 members, worked with one member short months after Zoran Sulejmanov retired at the age of 64. The filling of his post for several months was blocked because of the crisis with the constitution of Parliament and the election of parliamentary committees, specifically the Commission for Elections and Appointments.

Otherwise, the announcement of the advertisement for the election of a member of the Council comes simultaneously with the dismissal of the state public prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski and the procedure for appointing a new one, which the government announced will begin on Tuesday next week.


On Tuesday the Government will start the procedure for appointing a new Attorney General


Skopje, 18 August, 2017 - 15:26 (META) 

At the Government’s next session, which is scheduled for next Tuesday, the procedure for appointing a new Attorney General will begin, after Parliament dismissed Marko Zvrlevski yesterday, who until now held the osition.

Government spokesman, Mile Bosnjakovski said on Tuesday that the government would propose to Parliament an announcement for the candidacy of a new state public prosecutor to be put on the agenda.

Bosnjakovski explained the procedure for appointing a new Attorney General, which says the announcement lasts for 15 days, after which the procedure is returned to the Government, who then will select one candidate from all the applicants, and then propose to the candidate to Parliament. Parliament will then choose through a vote, where the majority is 61 votes.

When asked whether the procedure for appointing a new Attorney General goes against the Electoral Code, taking into account the opinion of the State Commission for Preventing Corruption, Bosnjakovski said that the Speaker of Parliament, Talat Xhaferi, had already responded to this question, adding that it is the procedure necessary.

The Council of Public Prosecutors announced that next week they will schedule a session, where they will elect an Acting Attorney General until the election of a new one.


Parliament dismisses Marko Zvrlevski


Skopje, 17 August, 2017 - 17:25 (META) 

A while ago, with 64 votes in favor, and 0 votes against and abstentions, the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia dismissed Mr. Marko Zvrlevski from the position as General Attorney of the Republic of Macedonia.

Just before the vote, Ilija Dimovski said that MPs from VMRO-DPMNE would not participate and vote, and repeated that the whole procedure was illegal and they left the parliamentary hall before the vote began.

This was preceded by a discussion between Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi and Dimovski, regarding the notification by the State Commission for Preventing Corruption about the “illegality” of the procedure for Zvrlevski’s dismissal.

After that, the 13th continuation of the 6th session ended today.

Parliament then continued with the fifth session.


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.”


Dimovski: Xhaferi blatantly and arrogantly violated the law by announcing tomorrow’s vote


Skopje, 17 August, 2017 - 8:31 (META) 

Ilija Dimovski, co-ordinator of one of VMRO-DPMNE’s parliamentary groups, said that Xhaferi’s announcement that tomorrow Parliament will vote on the Government’s proposal to dismiss Zvrlevski is “an insolent and arrogant violation of the law, and is unprecedented in Macedonia”, and that “the responsibility is mostly Xhaferi’s, and the citizens see it and will punish him adequately”.

“It’s against the law. The Electoral Code is being violated, and Xhaferi is mostly responsible. This is a blatant and arrogant violation of the law has not been seen in Macedonia. Citizens will see this insolence and punish him adequately”, Dimovski told “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.