Albanian analysts say that the unification of the vote of Albanians or a single nominee in the presidential elections of April 13, would empower the position of Albanians and their impact.
Speaking for IBNA, known analysts from Skopje, Alajdin Demiri, Naser Zyberi say that this is the only way to empower the Albanian political factor, which would give way to the old idea of the vice president, who will belong to Albanians.
The vote in the opinion of the two analysts
Political analyst, Alajdin Demiri, a university professor, says that the Albanian vote can become a factor. According to him, this is only possible through political reconciliation of Albanian parties.
“This is the last deadline for an accord between Albanian political factors. This can make the vote of Albanians an important factor and can produce changes in the political life. This consensus can also achieve the idea or the demand of the Albanian community to have the vice president of the country, a new official duty, applied in several democratic countries. If consensus is successfull, then there will be positive effects for Albanians”, says Prof. Alajdin Demiri.
Analyst Naser Zyberi believes that only the unification of the vote of Albanians for presidential elections could make them a decisive factor.
“If we don’t have unity and a single candidate, then we will show our strength in front of the Macedonian political factor and this would equal the vote of Albanians with the vote of Macedonians”, told IBNA analyst Naser Zyberi.
Columnist Zyberi says that if Albanians are divided, they will never force the coalition to go into these topics. “This empowerment would increase the political impact in other institutions in order for Albanians to be able to benefit the post of the speaker of parliament and perhaps, that of the prime minister. Another possibility is to make constitutional changes in order to sanction the post of vice president of the country”, says Zyberi.
Citizens say that divisions amongst Albanians are being exploited
Albanian citizens insist upon the need for the unification of the vote and Albanian parties in order for the Albanian factor to come up with a single candidate.
“Parties are the ones that must unite and not continue with the divisions, which are damaging us as a community. These divisions are being exploited by Macedonian officials and this is also causing the Ohrid Agreement or the fulfillment of the rights of Albanians to come to a standstill”, says Aferdita Ismaili for IBNA.
But, on the other hand, the eventual boycott of presidential elections by Albanians would jeopardize the electoral process in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Does boycott risk the presidential elections?
Based on the analysis carried out by the State Election Commission, if Albanians do not participate in the elections, it would be difficult to achieve the necessary percentage of participation for the election of the president which is 40%.
The vice chairman of the State Election Commission (SEC), Subhi Jakupi says that a half a million of Albanians are entitled to vote and they could prove to be decisive for the election of the president.
“According to all the analyses which have been made, there are around 500 thousand Albanians entitled to vote in Macedonia and compared to the total number of 1,775,000 voters, I believe that it’s decisive in the election of the president of the Republic of Macedonia, bearing in mind the necessary quorum needed for the election of the head of the state”, declared the vice chairman of SEX, Subhi Jakupi.
In case the necessary number is not achieved in the run-off, the process is considered to be failed and fresh elections are needed for the next president of FYR Macedonia.
According to analysts, Albanians may boycott presidential elections in sign of discontent from the current president.
The chances for a boycott have grown following the refusal of VMRO-DPMNE to come out in the elections with a joint candidate with the Albanian partner in the coalition.
Ali Ahmeti’s party, which is part of the government, says that the next president cannot be legitimate without the votes of the Albanians.
Meanwhile, PDSH of Menduh Thaci in opposition believes that presidential elections are not important, as the Constitution of the country doesn’t allow an Albanian to be elected as president. /ibna/