Finalization of the political accord in FYROM enters the final hours

Finalization of the political accord in FYROM enters the final hours

Skopje, 14 September 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Political parties in Skopje are holding intensive talks for the finalization of the process of talks for the implementation of the June 2 agreement for the solution of the political crisis in FYROM.

15 September is the last deadline for the finalization of this accord, as parliament should vote the amendments of the Electoral Code and the proposal for the Special Prosecutor, which will investigate the wiretapping affair and other affairs that led to the crisis.

But disagreements continue on the topic of the Special Prosecutor and the party in power, VMRO-DPMNE is the one which is not happy.

EU envoy for these negotiations, Peter Van Hoyte, says that one of the big parties is not respecting the agreement, but according to him, the agreement will be respected and that the EU will not allow any diversion from the process.

VMRO-DPMNE has complaints about the bill proposed on the Special Prosecutor. This party is against the proposal according to which the Special Prosecutor should have his staff and his deputies, but the disagreement consists on the fact that investigations should only focus on the wiretapping affair and not other issues that relate to suspicions for criminal offenses or corruption.

Leader of the other party in power, Democratic Union for Integration (BDI), Ali Ahmeti declared that the Special Prosecutor must be elected by Tuesday, 15 June. “We are expecting a consensual solution between the four main political parties and international community. We have expressed our readiness that we’re in favor of a constructive agreement in line with the June 2 agreement. Besides this, we have also presented and proposed candidates for the special prosecutor, but all of this remains part of internal debate”, Ali Ahmeti declared.

Former MP and expert of political developments, Sulejman Rusiti declares that it’s clear that several political parties do not want the Special Prosecutor to have powers and to have a big staff. According to him, the only solution is through international pressure.

“Of course, certain political circles that know their past, don’t want to be investigated by an independent prosecutor. We’re witnessing the fact that some political structures in Macedonia do not respect political agreements, but now it’s clear that the intervention of the international community alone can define the fate of the agreement. I only have faith on the international community”, Rusiti said.

Citizens also believe that this crisis which is hindering the country, must be solved. Biljana K, a pensioner from Kumanovo, says that political parties do not have time to waste, because the interests of the country are being damaged. “We’re seeing how youth is leaving, because there’s no perspective here. We cannot hope on security and future, while there’s this political war. This situation leads us nowhere. This is the last moment that politicians must think seriously and put the interests of the country above their own”, Biljana says.

Besides the election of the Special Prosecutor and the approval of the electoral code, the current government must also resign at the end of October and talks should start for the appointment of the interim government, which will not have PM Nikola Gruevski in it.

Under the June 2 agreement, the interim government shall be comprised of 4 main political parties, VMRO-DPMNE, SDSM, BDI and PDSH. The prime minister will be proposed by VMRO-DPMNE, but he should be an independent candidate and the Minister of Interior will be proposed by the Macedonian opposition. The new government will be appointed at the end of the year or at the start of 2016 and this government will hold early elections on 24 April 2016. /ibna/