Negotiations for the new government in Skopje coming to an end

Negotiations for the new government in Skopje coming to an end

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, May 28, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The two political parties that reached an agreement to form the governing coalition in FYR Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE and BDI (Democratic Union for Integration), are expected to end this weekend their negotiations about the harmonization of the government program.

Meanwhile, everything will be finalized on June 5. The new governing cabinet will be announced on this day. Parties decided on this day, as the Albanian party, BDI holds its party congress on June 5, which is expected to decide on the names of the new ministers.

The two parties have agreed on not issuing declarations or details on the media about the progress of the talks for the formation of the governing cabinet. Nevertheless, IBNA has managed to secure some declarations on this issue by the two parties.

VMRO-DPMNE’s senior official, Ilija Dimovski says that talks are intensive and that there are positive results. “Everything is taking place based on the agenda. Under our agreement, we cannot offer details as to what the negotiating teams are discussing and what has been agreed so far”, declared Dimovski.

BDI’s spokesman, Bujar Osmani says that negotiations are taking place. Talking to IBNA, he said that the current talks are focusing on the party programs which will be included in the joint government platform.

“Based on the coalition agreement, besides the priorities for a quick integration of the country in the NATO and EU, the two sides have also engaged in the economic and social plan, to realize the projects and programs offered by political parties during the campaign”, declared Bujar Osmani for IBNA.

IBNA learns from unofficial sources that the composition of the governing coalition will not change. The argument for this is that both political parties have earned the trust of the people in these elections. The government is mainly expected to be comprised of the current ministers, as they are considered to be successful and will not be changed. Parties are also expected to keep the same ministries.

Nevertheless, it seems that the two parties have disagreements between them. BDI seems to have given up on the Ministry of Defense, which will be led by VMRO-DPMNE. But the Albanian party demands the Ministry of Education and Science. BDI has social programs unveiled during the electoral campaign, which it wants to implement by taking this ministry under control.

But VMRO-DPMNE doesn’t give up on this ministry, because it also has its own projects.

BDI gave up the Ministry of Defense, because its minister must constantly coordinate activities with the president of the country, George Ivanov. This decision was taken because this party doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of president Ivanov.

Therefore, it has been concluded that collaboration will be impossible, because according to BDI, Ivanov doesn’t represent the interests and the will of the Albanian community in the country.

VMRO-DPMNE is again expected to hold key ministries such as the Ministry of Interior, Finance, Transport and Telecommunication, Health and now that of Defense. On the other hand, the Albanian party will hold two deputy prime minister posts: deputy prime minister for European Integration and deputy prime minister for the Implementation of the Ohrid Agreement.

Until June 7, prime minister Nikola Gruevski will deliver to parliament the program and the composition of the new cabinet. Meanwhile, based on the constitution, parliament must vote the new cabinet until June 16.

The new government will now be comprised of only these two parties. If there are no surprises, nobody expects the inclusion of the other Albanian party PDSH (Albanian Democratic Party).

During the electoral campaign, this party had warned that it would be part of the governing cabinet. The MP of this party, Imer Aliu has reiterated the positioning of his party that the new government will be backed, in order to give a chance to the process of Euro integration.

While talks continue to be held for the creation of the government by the two parties that won the elections, Macedonian opposition, which is boycotting the institutions and has not recognized the elections, has warned the formation of a shadow government. /ibna/