Albanians in the government to boycott presidential elections: We want parliamentary elections

Albanians in the government to boycott presidential elections: We want parliamentary elections

Skopje, February 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Democratic Union for Integration (BDI) has declared that it has decided to boycott presidential elections. The biggest Albanian party, part of the government coalition in FYR Macedonia, has declared that it has decided to demand early parliamentary elections.

The spokesman of this party, Bujar Osmani said in a press conference with journalists that the party’s steering committee will announce on Thursday a decision on these two issues. According to him, the decision will enter into force if VMRO-DPMNE-Macedonian party of the governing coalition, will decide in the party’s convention of March 1 to elect a non consensual candidate for the presidential elections.

“The refusal by the coalition partner of the concept of consensus that we proposed, makes it necessary to have a new political platform for joint governance between Albanians and Macedonians. This platform can only be achieved by reaffirming and strengthening electoral legitimacy, which implies the need for early parliamentary elections. Fresh elections will be a chance for Albanians to unite their vote, to reaffirm the mandate and legitimacy of BDI, in order for the future platform to make unilateral political decisions impossible”, declared Osmani.

According to him, BDI will call upon Albanians in the country not to participate in the presidential elections.

Yesterday, the Albanian Democratic Party (PDSH), the second Albanian party in FYR Macedonia, decided to come out with its own presidential candidate. He’s Iljaz Halimi, current chairman of the Central Assembly of this party and one of the veteran politicians of the country. Halimi is the only Albanian candidate for the post of the president. /ibna/