While Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi began to read out that the Law on the Use of Languages would be on the voting agenda, MPs from VMRO-DPMNE, led by former leader Nikola Gruevski tried to prevent Xhaferi from calling a vote.
Coordinator of the VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary group, Dragan Danev, demanded a procedural objection, but Xhaferi would not grant him one, after which the majority of VMRO-DPMNE MPs stood before Xhaferi and yelled “procedure”.
Former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski stood directly in front of Xhaferi, hit the table with his hand, hit the bell, covered his microphone and as a final provocation emptied the contents of his water glass before finally climbing up behind Xhaferi and switching off his microphone. Xhaferi then announced a 15-minute break.
Security guards finally stepped in to prevent a physical altercation between the two as Gruevski attempted to approach Xhaferi as he left the hall.