IBNA Interview with founder of Left Party in Skopje

IBNA Interview with founder of Left Party in Skopje

Left Party-a different option for the country

Another party has been added to the political arena of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Left Party is the newest political party which aims at attracting a considerable number of voters in the country.

This is the first time that a political party in the country gathers all ethnic groups and religions. Mariglen Demiri is one of the initiators and founders of the Left Party. In the interview given for IBNA, he says that this is the only option that can give back the state to the citizens.

“We have gathered from all sides of the country and from all ethnic groups and religious communities. We do not have prejudices against each other. The political approach that we prefer is that of as much diversity as possible. So far, politics has been made on ethnic basis. Our job is to change it and introduce new values in the public discourse”, Demiri says in the interview given for IBNA, which we’re bringing it to you in full below.

Interviewed by Naser Pajaziti

IBNA: The Left Party is a new political force. What’s the difference with other political parties in the country which claim to belong to the left wing?

Demiri: Current parties which claim or claimed to belong to the left, have escaped the ideological profile and what relates them to the left wing is only the name, which sometimes is Socialist or Socialdemocrat. The Left Party comes as a synthesis of several left wing organizations, but also Gras Root incentives in the country, which have been active during the period of social protests, but also those that have contributed for the democratization and freedom of the citizens during VMRO-DPMNE’s government and other parties which have been in the coalition, Albanian parties included. It’s clear that they only claim to be left wing parties, because experience shows the contrary. Rights of employees have been limited a lot during the time when SDSM and Socialist Party were in power, but also during the New Socialdemocratic Party period. But the restriction of employees’ rights is not the only aspect. We can also point out the lack of democracy within a political party. Democracy is something which has long been missing in our society.

IBNA: What are the main objectives of this party which aims to offer a social program. Can we say that this party is similar to the Syriza model and that of other left wing parties in Europe?

Demiri: The main objectives consist of more rights for the employees, social justice, more democracy for society, anti-nationalism and fight against all forms of fascism and Nazism, etc. We’re also against all military alliances and support anti-capitalism for the future of the country. On the other hand, the Left Party also welcomes marginalized groups. SYRIZA offered to Europe a new cycle of political philosophy, based on the basic left wing ideas, which weren’t very popular after the fall of Berlin Wall and which were almost lost during these two decades. After the financial crisis and the clash of the economic and financial system during the past 6-7 years, there was a need to redefine economic policies. Greece and Spain were countries which felt the heavy burden of capitalism and the hypocrisy of economic alliances. This, Syriza and Podemos, brought back faith on the left. The problem became a little complicated when Syriza came in power at the beginning of the year and at the end, it failed. Politics is not mathematics and the result doesn’t always come out as predicted. We are also a party above any ethnic division. We are interested on issues that relate to the oppression of man in society and social exclusion.

IBNA: How do you consider the current situation in the country and the political agreement which enabled the solution of the political crisis?

Demiri: For the time being, the political situation is very difficult. The political crisis was not overcome and it will not be overcome that easy. We can see that those (sides) who signed the agreement, violate it and deadlines are also violated as if they didn’t have any meaning. One of the reasons why we appeared in the political arena is that for the moment, politics are monopolized by four political parties or two political parties for each ethnic community, Macedonian and Albanian. The democratization of the political arena is not being allowed. Following the protests in May, civil incentives encountered difficulties in engaging in talks and being involved in the decision making process.

IBNA: The country is heading to elections, is your party going to be part of the political race?

Demiri: For the moment, we are gathering signatures and preparing the program and the structure of the party. If the elections offer a fair and democratic race and if the parties in power do not abuse, then we will be part of the political race in April.

IBNA: What is the main offer? Does it differ from the offers made by other political parties in the social and economic aspect?

Demiri: Freedom without socialism is injustice and privilege, while socialism without freedom is servitude and brutality. We must also add the social aspect to freedom and democracy as a governing form. If the state budget is spent fairly, then the state and institutions will serve to the people and not the opposite, as an abstract and unreal instance which will be misused by a political class for its own gains.

IBNA: What can you tell us about the cross ethnic domestic plan and relations with neighboring countries, including the process of Euro Atlantic integration?

Demiri: As I said, we have gathered from all the parts of the country, regardless of ethnicity and religious communities. We have stereotypes and prejudices against each other. We prefer a political approach full of diversities and differences. So far, politics in our country is built on ethnic bases and our job is to change it and introduce new values for the public discourse. As far as European Atlantic issues are concerned, we believe that the priorities and values must be redefined, but alliances too, namely military ones, which have a colonial and imperialist dimension. /ibna/