IBNA Special Report
Skopje, May 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Elections in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have been held, but the promises made by political parties during the campaign have become pale. Silence is ruling now and no debates are taking place. It seems that the big promises made during the campaign are gradually being forgotten, giving way to reality.
Citizens say that they’re interested to see political parties meet the promises that they made during the campaign and not the creation of political crisis or scenarios which are not in the best interest of the country.
This is the concern that has been recently dominating in the country. Some citizens believe that the campaign has been used to manipulate voters and gain power and then for parties to follow the agendas that suit their own interests.
The biggest concern remains with the Albanian party BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) which held a dynamic campaign. This party stressed the national demands of Albanians and their equal treatment with Macedonian ethnic citizens.
“I’m a voter of BDI. During the electoral campaign they promised for the first time that parliament would be led by Albanians. A wider use of the Albanian language in the country was also promised. We were promised constitutional changes about the consensus needed for the election of the president and the government decisions. They also promised that Albanians would not be avoided in decision making and many other promises, but none of these promises is found in the agreement reached with VMRO-DPMNE for joint governing. It seems that their objective was to continue and remain in power”, says Astrit S., from Skopje.
BDI general secretary, Abdilaqim Ademy, told IBNA that nobody has a real cause for concern. According to him, all the promises that were made are part of the negotiations for the new government. “We have made promises and they will be part of the platform of the new government. We’re entirely committed to include the promised projects in the governing program and priorities”, says Ademi.
He says that the main priority is the rapid integration of the country in the NATO and EU and the second phase will include ethnic issues which relate to the advancement of Albanian language and other issues which relate to Albanians.
Other citizens too say that political parties have disappointed voters. They’re skeptic as to whether political parties of the governing coalition will meet their obligations and promises.
“We are now left to see if VMRO-DPMNE’s priorities in the new government will consist on the economic development and growth of employment, as it was promised. We’re optimistic that things will move in a positive direction, but on the other hand, we’re worried about the boycott of the opposition and how this reflects in the foreign aspect”, says Magda D., a student from Skopje for IBNA.
Sociologist Hisen Jashari says that it’s now considered a normality for politicians and political parties to make different promises ahead of the elections and then to forget the citizens after the elections.
“I believe that the biggest problem is that political parties after the election no longer deal with the problems of the citizens, but with the problems of their militants. They care about their groups of interest, because they’re considered as suppliers of votes who must be rewarded”, says Hisen Jashari for IBNA.
In spite of these debates, political parties say that they remain faithful to the promises that they have made and that they are part of the talks being held for the creation of the government. /ibna/