Reconciliation body led by Remenski and Aleksandrova has been established

Skopje, 6 November, 2018 - 15:59 (META) 

Parliament has established an inter-party parliamentary body for reconciliation, in which the vice-presidents of Parliament, coordinators from parliamentary groups, as well as MPs who are not in a parliamentary group, will be elected. The representative should be determined by the larger parliamentary groups, such as SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE with the coalitions .

The body will be chaired by two co-chairpersons, Vice President of Parliament Frosina Remenski and Emilija Aleksandrova from the independent parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE.

“At the next session, the working methodology will be decided, which are the competencies of the body and the topics that will be discussed. There were no objections for me to preside in the body, but because of my duties as president and as an MP, it is better for me not to lead it, ” Xhaferi said after the coordination.

When asked about the constitutional amendments, Xhaferi said that VMRO-DPMNE can not be stopped because there are strictly defined procedures in the parliamentary rules of procedure.

Immediately at the beginning, Suria Rasidi from the Alliance for Albanians, left the meeting, who thinks this is opening a small door for the amnesty for the events in the Parliament on April 27 last year. The coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Micevski, did not attend today’s coordination, because the party does not recognize Xhaferi as the president of the Assembly.

Coordination with Xhaferri regarding the formation of a reconciliation body

Skopje, 6 November, 2018 - 14:13 (META) 

Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferri, will be holding a coordination process with the Parliament’s vice – presidents, coordinators of MPs groups and representatives of political parties that aren’t organized into MP groups. The subject of the coordination is forming an interparty parliamentary body for reconciliation and integration, on request of the VMRO-DPMNE’s independent MP group and the coalition.

The coordination should have taken place yesterday, but the meeting with Xhaferri wasn’t attended by the group that initiated the process due to obligations related to the visit of the President of the Austrian National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, who addressed the MPs at the Parliament.

VMRO-DPMNE’s new coordinator Nikola Micevski said that they will not take part in the work of this body because it denotes selective justice and the biggest opposition party will not support that.

“VMRO-DPMNE will nottake part in the coordinative body because it is presided by the man who was elected for that place in the Parliament in a shameful way by breaching the rule-book and the procedures. This coordinative body that will work on reconciliation has made decisions and that means unselective justice and a possibility of participation and justice towards all of the participants that will be suitable for the party and they will support the decisions made by that body – said Nikola Miceski.

The formation of this reconciliation body was one of the prerequisites requested by eight opposition MPs in order to vote for the opening of the Constitution. Their expectations are that all of the MP groups will take part in an inter-party commission that will primarily focus on the events that took place on the 27th of April, and they do not exclude the possibility to prolong the mandate and this working body to function in the future for other political issues.

Kancheska-Milevska to be coordinator of new parliamentary group

Skopje, 29 October, 2018 - 18:00 (META) 

Eight MPs from VMRO-DPMNE and the coalition who voted in favour of starting the process of constitutional change, have put forward an official request to parliament speaker Talat Xhaferi on Friday, to form a new parliamentary group.

Xhaferi informed coordinators from parliamentary groups at the regular coordinative meeting on Monday, that Elizabeta Kancheska-Milevska is to be the coordinator of “Independent MPs from VMRO-DPMNE and the Coalition For a Better Macedonia”.

The new parliamentary group should officially begin work from next Monday.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and foreign and justice ministers, Nikola Dimitrov and Renata Deskoska, will meet with MPs from the new parliamentary group in the afternoon. At the meeting they will discuss the conditions, ie the guidelines given by the eight MPs in a letter before the vote for the opening of the Constitution, as well as the possibility of incorporating these guidelines into the constitutional amendments.

Along side Elizabeta Kancheska-Milevska, other members of the new parliamentary group are Vladanka Avirovik, Zekir Ramkilovic, Emilija Aleksandrova, Nola Ismajloska Starova, Krsto Mukoski, Sasho Vasilevski, Ljuben Arnaudov.

Zaev: There is no need for early parliamentary elections

Negotino, 25 October, 2018 - 14:25 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev believes in a full four-year term mandate and does not feel that there should be early parliamentary elections, but says that for such a decision, the opposition, Albanian political parties and, above all, Parliament are all important.

“You know my position, unless it is urgently needed or necessary, only then would there be elections. I believe in a full mandate, mainly because of the economy, business, all the institutions, for the citizens to be able to plan for long time after a four years mandate, which means success and development and overall growth,” said Zaev while answering journalist’s questions during the visit to Stobi.

He added that elections would be necessary if the procedure for constitutional changes in Parliament was not possible.

“Now we see that it is possible, we will continue down this path. I know that at the beginning of April or late March the presidential election begins. We will probably determine by the end of this year that presidential elections only should be held, however, I repeat, I am only one of those important for such decisions, there is the opposition, the Albanian political parties, and above, Parliament,” Zaev said.

Mickoski: My heart broke when I watched you vote, we could’ve beaten Zaev

Skopje, 24 October, 2018 - 12:51 (META) 

The leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, at Tuesday’s celebration of the Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle, demanded that an amnesty law be passed for the people responsible for the events on April 27 in Parliament.

According to him, this way, there will be indiscriminate justice and freedom for all.

Regarding the newly-emerging situation in the party he leads, he said that last Friday was a “black Friday”, and MPs who voted against the party’s position, surrendered the party and the state and were guided by personal interest.

“There was a quiet and hellish pain in my heart that night. Our headquarters was quiet and uneasy. It was quiet, agonizing, painful, angry, desperate in Macedonian homes, in Macedonian cities and in Macedonian villages. It hurt and was hellish. What we saw made our spirits sink. What held us strong was your strength. That held us strong, even though the other day, you boasted and told myths that Macedonia was strong because of you. When I watched how one by one you raised your hand for Zaev’s proposal, with each lifting hand our hearts sunk. It was hellish,” saiid Mickoski.

The leader of VMRO-DPMNE in his address emphasized that if MPs did not vote “for” the need for constitutional changes, the party would win the elections.

“It took so little, if only you had persisted. If only you had not bowed to Zaev, he would have been finished. You have continued Zaev’s political career at the expense of Macedonia. You entered into his all-in-one plan, which shamefully traded with thousands of Macedonian souls. And, if you had persisted with us, we would have gone all the way to elections!. We will overcome evil. We will beat Zoran Zaev and the group around him. Did you not realize that he was finished? One thing I want to tell you, he is weak and weak he will remain, and your injection, your doping, will last for a short time,” added Mickoski.

The honorary party leader Nikola Gruevski did not attend the celebration of VMRO’s day, neither did President Gjorge Ivanov.

USA: Russian claims that we interfered in the vote in Parliament are disinformation

Washington, 24 October, 2018 - 12:30 (META) 

The US State Department assessed Russia’s accusations that the United States was involved in the recent vote in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, which gave the green light to start constitutional changes in the country, as unreasonable as an attempt to misinform and propaganda

“Any allegation that representatives of the US Embassy were involved in the voting process in Parliament are unreasonable and false. The United States welcomes the decision of the Macedonian Parliament to begin the constitutional changes necessary for the implementation of the Prespa Agreement with Greece. The United States believes that the Prespa Agreement is a historic opportunity to promote stability, security and prosperity throughout the region, ” said a State Department spokesman at a briefing in Washington answering a Greek journalist’s question, reports ANA-MPA.

The State Department suggests to those who want to explore how Macedonian MPs made their decision to do so in consultation with the MPs themselves, instead of using Russian disinformation and propaganda.

Kiracovski has called upon the MPs to take part in the process of defining the draft-amendments

Skopje, 22 October, 2018 - 16:45 (META) 

SDSM’s General Secretary and MP, Aleksandar Kiracovski at today’s press conference has called upon all of the MPs, especially those that didn’t vote during the first phase of the constitutional changes to actively participate in the process of defining the draft-amendments.

-let’s support the processes together for a complete implementation of the Prespa Agreement and let’s give support together to all necessary reforms, let’s give support to the reconciliation and the reunification. Join us and the history will greet us as we are securing the country’s future, and all future generations will be proud of all of us.
Now is the moment when we can contribute to a significant reconciliation and reunification that will start from here, the parliament – said Kiracovski and also added that he believes that the support for the constitutional changes and the Prespa Agreement will grow and that all MPs will join the process that provides a European future.

Arnaudov: No one is traitor and no bribe was offered to the MPs

Skopje, 22 October, 2018 - 12:55 (META) 

Ljuben Arnaudov, MP, one of the accused for the incidents in the Parliament building on the 27th of April, at the start of today’s trials at the Basic Court I Skopje announced that he doesn’t think somebody is a traitor and he doesn’t know who wrote the letter that was sent to the media two days ago in the name of the VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs who voted on Friday in favor of the initiating the constitutional amendments. He stressed that it is not true that there were threats and that they took money.

-Nothing was promised regarding the case concerning the 27th of April and therefore I don’t want to give any information. We come here to prove that we are innocent – said Arnaudov.

Before him, there was a reaction by 5 out of 8 VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs, who issued the same message – they weren’t blackmailed or weren’t threatened, nor were bribed.

In the letter sent to the media on Saturday, undersigned in the name of the MPs from the opposition who supported the constitutional amendments, it says that they wish well to Macedonia and stated that they want the procedure to continue. They want a guarantee that the constitutional amendments should be abolished if Greece doesn’t ratify the Agreement and if it hinders Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integrations, including the parliamentary committee that will prepare a plan for a national reconciliation, in congruence with the the message that was sent on Monday by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, on the first day of the session on constitutional changes.

With 80 votes in favor of, the Parliament has endorsed the decision for constitutional amendments

Skopje, 20 October, 2018 - 11:34 (META) 

After all day waiting for the start of the parliamentary session for constitutional changes, this evening the ruling majority succedded in securing a two-thord majority for a proposal of the government of the need for constitutional changes. Out of 117 MPs present, there were 80 votes in favor of, without any votes against or restrained.

From the opposition coalition led by VMRO-DPMNE the following MPs voted in favor of: Vladanka AVirovik, Emilija Aleksandrova, Sasho Vasilevski, Nora Ismailovska Starova, Elizabeta Kancheska Milevska, Krsto Mukoski and Ljuben Arnaudov.

The remaining MPs from VMRO-DPMNE’s MP group, during the voting, stood from their seats and remained on the side to see who will vote in favor of. Coordinator Dragan Danev asked for a single voting and then the Parliament’s secretary, Cvetanka Ivanova read the names of all of the MPs separately and they stated whether they voted “yes” or “no.”

The ruling majority was trying for several days to reach a two-thirds majority that was necessary for the start of the changes of the constitution through amendments.

Until yesterday, VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs were categorically opposed to the proposal for constitutional changes. On Wednesday, their MP group issued a letter in which they stated that they will not participate in any debates at the parliament, which they named as fruitless, and stressed that they will not vote for constitutional changes.

Hahn is convinced that all MPs are aware of the great opportunity and responsibility

Brussels, 19 October, 2018 - 12:57 (META) 

The EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn on his tweeter profile expressed his conviction that the MPs from all political parties in the Macedonian Parliament will put aside their party’s interests and will make a decision in the interest of the country and the citizens.

These are decisive days for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. MPs will vote on the historic Prespa agreement which opens the door to the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration. It is a vote about the future of the country and the positive perspectives for its people. I am confident that lawmakers of ALL political forces are aware of the huge opportunity and #responsibility they are facing today. This is the time to put party interests behind and act in the interest of the country and its people! wrote Hahn.