Opposition follows legal steps to delegitimize April 27 elections

Opposition follows legal steps to delegitimize April 27 elections

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, May 6, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Parliament in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is not expected to have a political opposition. Macedonian opposition led by the Macedonian Social Democratic League (LSDM) has also signed the legal decisions in order to give up on MP mandates.

All 120 MP candidates of the Macedonian opposition, which included small parties that raced in the April 27 elections, have signed declarations that they give up on the MP mandates.

In the April 27 early parliamentary elections, Macedonian united opposition only won 34 seats, while the party in power, VMRO-DPMNE and its coalition won 61 seats, thus securing an absolute majority in the 123 seat parliament.

At the end of the polls, the leader of opposition, Zoran Zaev announced the decision that the opposition doesn’t recognize these elections, which according to them, were rigged and didn’t reflect the will of the people.

Zaev accused the party in power, VMRO-DPMNE of using fraud and the mechanisms of the power.

But, last week, the opposition also announced its decision to give  up on the mandates of MPs by boycotting parliament.

The decision is now being applied in practice, as Macedonian opposition MPs individually signed declarations that they do not accept their mandates and that the opposition battle will continue outside institutions.

“By signing these declarations, we’re following the party’s and opposition’s decision not to recognize the elections and not to legitimize the rigged elections by the current government”, said Petre Shilegov, spokesman of LSDM.

Andrey Zhernovski from the opposition party Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) says that their MPs, which are part of the opposition, give up on their mandates. “In case we accept the mandates and become part of the new parliament, then we will legitimize these rigged elections which do not express the true will of the citizens”, declared Zhernovski.

The Macedonian opposition warns that in the days to come, it will announce further political steps.

VMRO-DPMNE led by Nikola Gruevski has criticized the decision of the Macedonian opposition. “They must not make hasty decisions and an analysis is needed for such decisions, because through these actions, they’re putting in danger the interests of the state”, has been the only reaction of the prime minister and leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski.

Political analysts criticize the decisions of the opposition. According to them, these actions deteriorate the situation in the country and will cause a deep political crisis. “A democracy without an opposition is dangerous for the country, especially at a time when our country needs reforms and reformatory laws. As far as the technical aspect is concerned, the majority has all the necessary numbers to govern, but democracy requires the voice of the opposition in parliament”, said for IBNA analyst and university professor, Nikola Dujovski.

As far as numbers are concerned, with its 61 seats, VMRO-DPMNE only needs another MP to form the government and a stable majority. But, this party has launched negotiations with the biggest Albanian party, Democratic Union for Integration (BDI) in order to include it in the joint governance, as a practice according to which every government has an Albanian party as part of it.

In case of an agreement, VMRO-DPMNE with its 61 MPs will further strengthen its position with the 19 MPs of BDI.

In the framework of these calculations, Albanian Democratic Party (PDSH) with 7 seats won in the elections has declared through its leader, Menduh Thaci that it will support the next government led by VMRO-DPMNE. This Albanian party hopes that VMRO-DPMNE will abandon negotiations with BDI, in case an accord for a coalition is not reached, and in order for this party to become part of the coalition.

The coming days are expected to determine and clarify political developments and the steps of the oppositions, but also further steps from VMRO-DPMNE for the formation of the governing coalition which is expected to take place at the end of the month. /ibna/