Macedonian opposition refuses the parliamentary mandates, debates in Skopje

Macedonian opposition refuses the parliamentary mandates, debates in Skopje

IBNA Special Report/The main opposition party doesn’t recognize the elections and refuses the parliamentary mandates. Are we dealing with a legal impasse or a moral and political issue? Experts and prominent analysts offer their insights for IBNA

Skopje, May 2, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, there’s been a growing debate that the country is slipping into a crisis, as the Macedonian opposition officially confirmed that it doesn’t recognize the elections and the country’s institutions and that it gives up from the mandates won by its MPs.

The largest opposition party in the country, Macedonian Social Democratic League (LSDM) confirmed that following consultations with all the party structures, it decided to give up on the mandate of the 34 seats won in the April 27 elections.

LSDM says that the country must hold free and democratic elections, organized by a technical government and according to this party, this is an emergency for the country.

This decision taken by the opposition has also received the response of prime minister and leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski. He said that the opposition must review its decision and  act in the interest of the country.

“I believe that they must review their decision and not act hastily. They must do this in the best interest of the country”, declared Gruevski.

The decision of the opposition has also sparked political analysts comments.

Political analyst, Mersel Bilalli told IBNA that the decision of the Macedonian opposition is a political one and it requires urgent political solution.

“I believe that their stance is reasonable and hope that they will stick to it. Thus, the problem is not legal. When it comes to accepting or resigning from mandates, it’s just a political problem and it must be handled as such. I believe that the elections which were held in the Macedonian camp do not resemble to the elections held in a democratic state. All the dirty schemes showed a serious lack of the state which we pretend to be a democratic one”, says analyst Bilalli.

On the other hand, experts on legal issues say that Parliament may function and the resignation of the opposition from its MP mandates is not a threat.

Expert on legal issues, Fatos Rushiti says that the decision of the Macedonian opposition cannot block the institutions, because this issue has been regulated by the parliament’s regulation.

“The work of the institutions including parliament, government and the rest cannot be put to a question mark because the regulation of parliament is clear: The constitution session can be held with the majority of the total number of 123 MPs present. Given that 89 MPs accept their mandates, this means that parliament will be able to function normally, elect the government and proceed with its activities for a democratic functioning of the political system”, says for IBNA, Fatos Rushiti, who comments the legal aspects of this issue.

Analyst Kire Vasilev says that the refusal to accept the mandates is a message for the international community, which must deal with political processes in Skopje.

“Through this  decision, LSDM wants to withdraw the attention of the international community and I believe that they will be involved in this crisis which will impose a solution, because democracy doesn’t have its effect, in case we don’t have a powerful opposition within institutions”, says Vasilev.

The first parliamentary sitting is expected to be held in mid May following the verification of the MP mandates which were produced by the April 27 parliamentary elections. In these elections, VMRO-DPMNE won 61 seats, BDI won 19 seats, Macedonian opposition led by LSDM won 34 seats, PDSH won 7 seats, RDK 1 seat and GROM 1 seat. The parliament of the country has 123 seats, while the appointment of the government needs 62 votes. /ibna/