The President Gjorge Ivanov’s cabinet has issued a reaction about the political decision on part of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) which filed an indictment against the president and is completely rejecting the claims that with his decrees, which are a subject of this decision, the president has violated the laws and has overstepped his authorizations.

“The fact that disappoints is that despite that the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption was sent the explanations and the legal basis on which the President of the Republic of Macedonia has made the decrees, these were not taken into account on part of the Commission and instead, as an explanation they provide general and unclear constatations without any legal basis. The President of the Republic of Macedonia has made the decree in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia and the laws. As a supreme commander, the President has no obligation to ask approval for authorizations that were prescribed to him by law” said the press release.

Regarding the system of salaries and compensation to salaries, Ivanov’s cabinet stressed that in accordance with Article 170 (1) of the Law of ARM service, this is a jurisdiction of the ministry of defense or a person appointed by him and not the president.

“Additionally, we would like to inform the general public that SCPC’s decision is contradictory to a previous practice that the commission itself has set. In 2016, SCPC has provided an answer for a similar problem that is contradictory to the current opinions. In t.61 of the opinion that was issued in 2016 on part of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption it was clearly indicated that during a period of elections there is no legal obstacle for submission of proposals for appointments and/or recalls of ambassadors to the president” said the press release.