Debates in Skopje following the coalition between VMRO-DPMNE and BDI

Debates in Skopje following the coalition between VMRO-DPMNE and BDI

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, May 12, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

In Skopje, the announcement of the governing coalition between the two largest party that won the elections, VMRO-DPMNE and Democratic Union for Integration (BDI) has sparked different reactions and debates.

The focus of criticism has mainly been addressed to the Albanian party BDI. This party has faced strong criticism by analysts or its party structures. The coalition agreement has two priorities: Integration of the country in the NATO and EU until September and several economic social projects.

The agreement has not included any of the demands promoted by BDI during the campaign. After leaving the coalition and provoking early elections, during the electoral campaign, BDI sought to earn votes by stressing its demand that the speaker of parliament must be Albanian, the expansion of the use of the Albanian language and constitutional changes for the election of the president of the country through parliament. BDI also declared that it would not recognize a president who was not consensual and called on Albanians to boycott presidential elections. A part of the Albanians obeyed this call for boycott.

Spokesman of BDI, Bujar Osmani told IBNA today that the priority of the agreement is the integration of the country in the NATO and EU. He said that these are BDI’s temporary priorities, as the plan is to then negotiate issues that relate to the position of Albanians in the country.

“But, if there’s no progress until September in relation to Euro Atlantic integrations and if the country is not invited to become a NATO member or to launch talks with the EU, then our party will reexamine its position in the government”, declared Bujar Osmani.

Albanian academics and intellectuals have criticized the BDI’s approach, stressing that it has failed in its objectives and that it has disappointed the Albanian voters.

Academic Abdylmenaf Bexheti criticizes the pact between Gruevski and BDI

“It’s a very low agreement, extreme marginalization, failure to meet the basic conceptual promises that have been made as far as the advancement of the Albanian related issues and the use of language, consensual decisions in the framework of the government and the election of the president of the country through parliament”, told Dr. Bexheti to IBNA.

Editor in chief of “Sloboden Pecat”, Branko Geroski has congratulated prime minister Nikola Gruevski on his achievement in relation to the Albanian parties, where he has made no concessions whatsoever in terms of the ambitious demands articulated by Albanian parties.

“Gruevski has been the most successful Macedonian politician so far in not making any concessions to Albanian leaders about their ambitious demands. As it may be seen, the demands of the Albanian parties aim to impress their voters. As a matter of fact, doesn’t even take these demands into account”, says Geroski.

According to the coalition agreement, the two parties have overcome the issue of the elected president, George Ivanov, thus avoiding the danger that the head of the state may not be recognized by the second main party of the coalition. Nevertheless, BDI has warned today that it will not be part of the ceremony of the inauguration of president George Ivanov. This ceremony will be held in a solemn session in parliament.

VMRO-DPMNE has reacted on this. This party has unofficially declared that this decision is only a tactical movement by the Albanian party. VMRO representatives say that this tactic doesn’t help relations within the coalition.

BDI led all the campaign of the presidential elections without a candidate, but with the slogan “No to a unilateral president” where it called on Albanians not to vote the Macedonian candidate. BDI said that every president who would come out of the April 27 elections would not be legitimate to this party and Albanians in the country.

This week, VMRO-DPMNE and BDI will negotiate for the division of ministries and the executive functions for the completion of the new government cabinet. These parties, which continue to earn the trust of the two biggest communities, Macedonian and Albanian, have governed together since September 2008. /ibna/