Chaos in then government of FYROM, clashes between prime minister and Interior minister

Chaos in then government of FYROM, clashes between prime minister and Interior minister

Skopje, 12 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Tension and clashes within the interim government in FYROM, following the exchange of letters full of criticism and accusations between the interim prime minister Emil Dimitriev and Interior minister, Oliver Spasovski. The first one to express his discontent was Interior minister, Oliver Spasovski, who is also secretary general of the largest opposition party, SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), which became part of the interim government for the holding of fresh elections.

“On 15 January 2016, you were elected prime minister in order to lead the interim government, which after the political agreement between the four political parties, must organize free and democratic elections. But you deepened the political crisis, by attacking discredited institutions and the compromised judiciary system in the country. You are also suspending the Przino political agreement and have caused chaos at the ministry of Interior”, wrote minister Spasov in his public letter.

The interim prime minister has replied with a letter, by saying that minister Spasovski is attacking state institutions and acting in violation of the laws.

“You are attacking the system’s institutions and your immature and unlawful acts weaken the capacity of institutions, causing divisions within institutions”, Dimitriev said by reminding that SDSM doesn’t recognize neither the courts of the country, nor the president of the country who has been elected through legitimate elections.

Dimitriev who was elected at this post as a candidate of VMRO-DPMNE has declared that he will not allow such behavior by this party and its officials who are part of this interim government.

Clashes between the two largest parties VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM intensified last week when ministers of VMRO-DPMNE and BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) annulled all the decisions of the ministers and vice ministers of SDSM. This mostly relates to the decisions approved by the ministry of Interior which is led by the secretary general of SDSM, Oliver Spasovski. Since the start of his term in office, the latter made drastic changes within this ministry, by discharging directors and heads of police. But VMRO-DPMNE which is led by former PM Nikola Gruevski has demanded the reinstitution of all those police officials who were discharged.

Political analysts say that this situation is shaking security institutions and that this is giving way to political confrontations within institutions.

“This situation is dangerous because it was announced that heads of police who were discharged could be reinstated without the permission of the minister of Interior. Such thing was also announced by the head of Alfa police unit, who has been involved in the “Torture” case being investigated by the Special Prosecution. This police official is accused of violence. In case these scenarios continue, then this will be a great danger for security institutions, but also for the citizens”, said law professor, Fatos Rushiti. /ibna/