By Miat Sadiku
Skopje, October 2, 2013
One of the distinctive signs of the current government people is the possibility of holding early elections. Elections now and elections later are something that the public waits to hear every two or three months.
In a small country with many problems, the first thing a serious government would do after winning a term in office is to offer a positive climate and establish a political and ethnic equilibrium in the country. This would serve the reforms which would improve economic performance in the path toward Euro Atlantic integration. Today, FYROM is facing deficient reforms that doctors make in education or karate fighters in health system, with foreign investments which do not even cover publicity expenses in the most prestigious world media. Every time there’s an upcoming challenge or need to make a daring decision, the current government announces elections or referendum!
The permanent trumpeting for early elections accompanied by arrogant provocations toward Albanians, clearly speaks for a strange cohabitation between Albanians and Macedonians and not for a coalition government, like it’s officially declared. The defect in question is systematic toward Albanians, but for Macedonian government people it offers a model of success in limiting the acting power of the Albanian “partner” in the government.
This practice of the prime minister and the humbleness of the Albanian factor in the government is worrying, because it opens doors for a servile behavior of Albanians in the future. The origins of this undermining situation toward Albanians, by ignoring the subjective element of the Albanian party in power, are found in the legislation for the formation of the government and the lack of balancing mechanisms for decision making in the government. According to the law, the party that wins most of the votes gets to form the government. Based on unwritten rules, this party, in spite of its political program, forms a joint government with an Albanian party, which is also a winner amongst Albanian parties. Up until this point, things may even look reasonable, but the fact of the formation of the government based on the will of the winning Macedonian party creates dependency of the Albanian party and makes it quasi impossible the realization of the political program of this participating party in the government. Will is not a political category that obliges parties, it can only be considered as an ethical category, but in this case, it’s intentionally practiced to replace the clear legal framework and the proportional division of power.
Considering several of the abovementioned aspects, parliamentary elections in FYROM, regular or early, cannot bring substantial improvements for Albanians without guarantees for legal changes which would give authority and relevance to Albanian parties in order to fulfill their promises and obligations toward their voters.
Seen black and white in the current circumstances, the Albanian party in the government, considers the win over the Albanian rival as the only achievement, although it has not fulfilled any electoral promises.
Ahead of the EU progress report, in a situation when the budget is being sawn with an ethnic needle, at a time of promises for pay rises in the administration and pensions, a few days after the closure of the border with Kosovo, when newspapers are closed in the blink of an eye, nobody should be surprised when they hear the new for early elections.
*The author is vice chairman of the Albanian Democratic Party (PDSH) in FYROM