The deadline for the finalization of the political agreement in FYROM has entered its final week

The deadline for the finalization of the political agreement in FYROM has entered its final week

Skopje, 1 October 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The deadline for the finalization of the June 2 agreement which aims at overcoming the political crisis in FYR Macedonia, is coming to an end.

The talks which are being held between the representatives of the main four political parties, have come to a gridlock as a result of the disputes on the Electoral Code.

EU commissioner for enlargement, Johannes Hahn, has decided 6 October as the last deadline for the finalization of the agreement.

The main political parties in the country have another week to strike a deal for the Electoral Code. Parties have agreed on holding the elections based on the model used so far through 6 electoral divisions, while an agreement has been struck for the cleansing of voters’ lists. But, there are also disputes on the inclusion of the Diaspora in the voting process.

Party in power, VMRO-DPMNE is asking for the Diaspora to elect 20 MPs, while so far, the Diaspora has elected three MPs.

But this proposal of the party in power has been refused by other parties in the talks. These parties are asking for the current model of three MPs to remain in force or to exclude the Diaspora from the voting.

Other issues have to do with the selection of the new composition of the Central Election Commission, changes in the public radio and television network, the creation of the parliamentary law committee on the wiretapping affair and the issue of the regulation of media and electoral campaign.

Under the June 2 political agreement, Nikola Gruevski’s governing cabinet is expected to resign until 20 October.

This will be followed by the creation of an interim government until the end of the year, with a non political prime minister.

However, the prime minister will be proposed by the current power in party, VMRO-DPMNE, but the current PM, Nikola Gruevski is ruled out. The proposal must also receive the consensus of the opposition.

In this interim government, which will hold the 24 April 2016 elections, the ministry of Interior will belong to the Macedonian opposition, which will also propose a less political figure.

Meanwhile, other ministries will be divided between VMRO-DPMNE, SDSM and BDI. The new government must be appointed until 15 January or 100 days before the holding of the elections.

Experts of political developments say that political parties must not waste time on implementing the obligations of the agreement.

Political analyst, Naser Ziberi declared for IBNA that the main political parties must respect the deadlines of the political agreement and not wait for the last moments.

“Political parties must not waste time and behave in an irresponsible way. We saw the delays with the appointment of the Special Prosecutor. All the points of the agreement must be delivered and there must be a debate with inputs from experts and civic society. I believe that parties in power will once again attempt to delay the implementation of the agreement, but I’m convinced that international pressure will enable the agreement to be implemented in time”, Ziberi said. /ibna/