In a surprise move Wednesday afternoon, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, asked Parliament for a vote of confidence in the Government, receiving 62 votes out of 120.
In the process, Zaev has somewhat reduced the turmoil in the governing coalition, especially after disagreements in the DUI and the announcements of some smaller parties that they will run independently in Parliament. It was also a blow to the opposition, which did not expect such a move, as it was constantly building its policy with vague claims that the majority was falling apart and that it was going to form a new coalition to overthrow the government.
According to the Rules of Procedure of Parliament, there was no discussion during the procedure, but only a position of the Prime Minister in which he explained the reasons for this move. In his speech, Zaev reiterated some of the reasons he had previously stated as to why he decided to make such a move after months of repeated calls by the opposition to resign from the government and announcements that a new parliamentary majority had been formed.
“Today I have decided to appear before you and refer to Article 93 (1) of the Constitution which stipulates that the government has the right to raise a question of confidence before the Assembly, as well as to refer to Article 217 (2) of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly which states that if a motion for a vote of confidence in the Government is put forth orally by the Prime Minister at a meeting of the Assembly, the Assembly shall vote on it at the same meeting without debate; I use this article of the Constitution and the article of the Rules of Procedure to ask MPs to give a vote of confidence to the government”, Zaev said.
“It is time to face it and clarify it, to see in action the so-called majority of the opposition that is supposed to overthrow this government,” Zaev said. “This is the moment to show the citizens how much truth there is in the words of the opposition. This is the time to see what it’s all about. A stable government with a stable parliamentary majority or an unstable opposition; it must be one of the two, not both”.
Zaev stressed that despite the efforts with obstacles and exclusions by the leadership of VMRO-DPMNE, citizens are exposed daily to “fake news and misinformation about a new non-existent majority, some new instability and what not”. Only because of the internal party goals in VMRO-DPMNE, the lies are persistently placed in order to create a perception of insecurity among the citizens, of the uncertainty in the economy. However, as always, truth is the most powerful weapon against lies, between false and true news. The parliamentary majority, myself, the government and the coalition will not allow uncertainty, insecurity, failures, exclusions and obstacles”, Zaev stressed.
He also said that the vote will succeed despite the fact that his party SDSM does not blackmail the coalition partners with anything.
“To show that we have nothing against the smaller parties that decided to govern independently in the Assembly. To show that we do not have the majority with the checks issued by Nikola Gruevski. Our check is the support of the citizens in the elections”, Zaev said.
Finally, lawmakers from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Democratic Union, who had previously announced that they would run as independents in parliament and outside the SDSM coalition, voted in favor of the government, confirming that they remain in the parliamentary majority.
According to Article 92 of the Constitution, after a vote of confidence in the government, the same question can not be asked for 90 days.
The VMRO-DPMNE, which was surprised by the Prime Minister’s proposal, only managed to say that Zaev was so scared that he did not allow a debate on the vote of confidence; following that, they left the Chamber.
After the vote of confidence received by the government, the deputies passed the pending laws with a majority of 62 deputies./ibna