VMRO-DPMNE lodged a motion in the Constitutional Court asking for ruling on the constitutionality of the Law on Languages, after identical initiative was submitted last week by the university professor Jove Kekenovski. According to the party, the law was passed brutally by the ruling coalition, with complete disregard of the Constitution, the law and the procedure for adopting and publishing laws.

VMRO-DPMNE General Secretary, Igor Janushev, says that the Decree for declaring the law on bilingualism was published only with the signature of Talat Xhaferi and without the signature of the President of the country – Gjorge Ivanov, which, as he says, was done in complete contradiction to Article 75 of the Constitution, which stipulates that all decrees for the promulgation of laws must be signed by the President of the Republic of Macedonia.

He added that the Law on bilingualism is completely in contravention with amendment 5 of the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia, which states that “On the whole territory of the Republic of Macedonia and in its international relations, the official language is the Macedonian language and its Cyrillic alphabet.”

“With the Law on bilingualism – the Macedonian language is in conjunction with another language which is only spoken by 20 percent of the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, and therefore the Macedonian language from a cohesive factor in society has been turned into one of the two official languages, which is illegal and unconstitutional,” said Janushev.