Parliament is late with the election of a member of the Constitutional Court whose mandate expires, Bujar Osmani, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration said on 30th of August, presenting the results of the implementation of the first part of the reformatory “3-6-9” plan.
It is about the election of a member of the Constitutional Court for the position of former judge Ismail Darlista, whose nine-year mandate expired on 31 of July. He was elected in 2008 on a proposal by the Commission on Elections and Appointments, and this commission should propose his successor. The commission, after a month and a half, still did not come out with a proposal for a judge, whom the Parliament should vote for.
On 7th of October, the mandate of the judges Natasha Gaber-Damjanovska and Gzime Starova expires, and the completion of their positions will be even more complicated by the election of the successor to Darlista.
Parliament elects Gaber-Damjanovska’s and Starova’s successors, but on the proposal of the President of the Republic, Gjorge Ivanov. According to Article 84 of the Constitution, the President proposes two members of the Constitutional Court. Gaber-Damjanovska and Starova were elected on 7th of October, 2008, on the proposal of the former President of the Republic, Branko Crvenkovski, after several months of delay because the opposition boycotted the work of Parliament.
This situation will be a real test for cohabitation between the President and the current parliamentary majority, led by SDSM.
Readers of “Meta” say that Ivanov firstly wanted –then he didn’t, he would have to agree with the majority about the candidates, because otherwise Parliament will not vote on his proposals, which can delay the completion of the set of the Constitutional Court.
Parliament elects the members of the Constitutional Court, in plenary session with 61 votes, and if an Albanian candidate is proposed, then it is also voted with the Bandenter’s majority.