Albanian parties race for participation in the government

Albanian parties race for participation in the government

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, April 23, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The messages and debate among Albanian political parties in the last days of the campaign for the elections in FYR Macedonia relate to the fact as to which party will be part of the governing coalition.

Democratic Union for Integration (BDI), which so far has been part of the governing coalition with VMRO-DPMNE, says that part of the coalition will be that party who wins the biggest number of parliament seats in the April 27 elections.

On the other hand, Albanian Democratic Party (PDSH) says that it will be part of the coalition. In the past few days, PDSH has been holding negotiations with VMRO-DPMNE which is expected to be a winner of the elections in order to form the next governing coalition.

These declarations launched by the Albanian party in opposition have sparked the reaction of BDI and its leader, Ali Ahmeti. Last night, the latter held a meeting in his birthplace in Kercova where he said that “the party that wins the biggest number of votes among the Albanian community, will be part of the government, otherwise other experiments will be unsuccessful”.

“The voter decides who will lead parliament and the government and not secret agreements. We have made our partnership with Albanian voters of Macedonia. From one process to the other, BDI has become stronger, more organized and this time, we’re stronger than before”, says Ahmeti.

But, the Albanian opposition leader, Menduh Thaci has reacted on this issue. He publicly spoke in a meeting held in Struga.

“I want to publicly respond to BDI. There will be Albanians in the next government. Part of the new government will be the biggest Albanian party, PDSH. We’re holding intensive talks with VMRO in order to create a government on April 28. If BDI comes up with threatening messages, I tell them that we don’t see BDI and Ali Ahmeti as a concern. In these elections, they will only win one seat”, says the leader of PDSH.

These debates have not been commented by Macedonian parties, neither by VMRO-DPMNE which is favorite in winning the early parliamentary elections of April 27.

VMRO-DPMNE and PDSH formed a coalition in 2006, although PDSH didn’t win the majority of votes amongst Albanian electorate. BDI was the winner. This government lasted 18 months and the protests and reactions of BDI led the country to early parliamentary elections of 2008.

Some political analysts fear the repetition of the 2006 scenario. They fear that that the biggest Macedonian party, VMRO-DPMNE may enter a coalition with the less voted Albanian party, PDSH.

“If BDI remains outside the coalition it has a political capacity to cause a crisis, like it happened in 2006. This has been warned by the leader of BDI. Thus, if BDI doesn’t participate in the government, there will be a political crisis which will continue until the next elections”, says for IBNA, political analyst, Ismet Ramadani.

The chairman of a small opposition Macedonian party PRSD (New Social Democratic Party), Tito Petkovski, says that there are real chances for VMRO-DPMNE and PDSH to enter an alliance.

“Interest will decide about the party that will enter the government. I believe that for Gruevski, Thaci is a more trusted partner than Ahmeti. If PDSH manages to win an adequate number of MPs with which VMRO-DPMNE will be able to form a government, then VMRO-DPMNE will choose them as a coalition partner”, says Petkovski.

VMRO-DPMNE and PDSH were allies in the 1998 governing coalition. They governed until 2002. These two parties were part of the government during the 2001 armed conflict. But, PDSH in that period had abstained from institutions and became part of them only under international community pressure. /ibna/