New parliament constituted, Veljanovski reelected speaker of parliament

New parliament constituted, Veljanovski reelected speaker of parliament

Skopje, May 10, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The first parliamentary session after April 27 elections was held today (Saturday) in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The two largest parties, VMRO-DPMNE and Albanian party BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) formed the new parliamentary majority.

Present in the first parliamentary session were 87 MPs out of 123 MPs. The Macedonian opposition MPs was absent along with the only MP of the Albanian party, RDK (National Democratic Renaissance), who gave up on their mandates, as they didn’t recognize the April 27 elections, which according to them were rigged by the two parties in power, VMRO-DPMNE and BDI.

Today’s session elected the new speaker of parliament, Trajko Veljanovski, who is elected for a second term in office.

The session verified all the MP mandates, including those of the opposition, although they gave up on their mandates.

The constitution session was preceded today by the joint agreement reached between VMRO-DPMNE and BDI. Based on the agreement, Euro Atlantic integration and economic and social issues will be a priority.

With this agreement, BDI withdraw from the post of speaker of parliament and will recognize the legitimacy of George Ivanov. /ibna/