IBNA Op-Ed/A large opposition front could overthrow the regime

IBNA Op-Ed/A large opposition front could overthrow the regime

By Kosta Stoimenovski

The experience of many countries where totalitarian regimes have ruled, has shown that these systems can only be overthrown through the unification of all opposition parties into a joint front and not through division and individual policies.

The right wing corrupt Croatian government led by HDZ, was overthrown through the unification of Croatian opposition parties in the ‘Kukuriku’ joint front.

The regime of the Serb president Slobodan Milosevic was overthrown through the unification of all opposition parties into a joint front known as ‘Otpor’.

The left wing in Uruguay overthrew the regime through the creation of the opposition front led by Jose Pepe Muhika and Tabare VBaskez. There are also other examples in other countries, where similar experiences have overthrown corrupt regimes.

The authoritarian and criminal regime in Macedonia, which came into power in 2006, managed to turn a country which aspired to become a NATO and EU member, into ghostly like state and ruined its image in the eyes of the democratic world.

This situation has led to the international community to engage in order to turn the country into a normal state.

However, this mission of the international community will be successful if the Macedonian opposition will manage to find strength and wisdom for joint action in the next parliamentary elections to be held in 24 April 2016.

In the 2011 elections, opposition parties won more votes than the VMRO-DPMNE coalition, but due to divisions and ambitions of several small parties, opposition could not seize power.

The behavior of several small opposition parties showed that they could not draw lessons from wrong policies.

An indicator for this is the behavior of several small parties, which up until now have been in a coalition with VMRO-DPMNE and today, they demand the creation of a third opposition block, while besides this, they also come up with proposals for changes in the electoral code and also other proposals. But their actions show that they act in an orchestrated manner with the aim of weakening the position of the true opposition in the next general elections.

It doesn’t take much wisdom to fathom the behavior of these parties, which for years in a row have obeyed to the leader of the party in power, Nikola Gruevski and in an indirect way, they continue to play his game with other scenarios.

In the framework of these political debates, small parties are imposing the idea of depriving the Diaspora from voting. They demand electronic voting, but this process can be rigged by the party in power VMRO-DPMNE, through a coordinated plan of the representatives of the Diaspora, with the support of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

Bearing in mind this manipulated process, the opposition must demand to remove the right of voting to the Diaspora, due to a complicated process which can cause problems and discontent.

Opposition must demand the removal of the right of voting for the Diaspora, because there’s no need for three MPs in the Diaspora, as they have a very high financial cost.

The holding of the elections in the Diaspora makes up for an extra cost and a burden for taxpayers of the country.

The three MPs who are elected by the Diaspora can once again be obedient “soldiers” of the current party in power, VMRO-DPMNE and their contribution is almost zero.

Opposition must join all true opposition forces and NGOs for human rights, democracy and freedom of media.

Suspicious subjects which have been delegated by the party in power must not be allowed to be involved.

The 2011 polls must serve as a serious lesson for the opposition, in order not to welcome fake opposition people among its ranks.

*The author is a retired diplomat and former ambassador of FYROM

** The opinion of the author doesn’t necessarily represent IBNA’s editorial line