Political class goes on holiday

Political class goes on holiday

IBNA Special Report
Skopje, August 12, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti

The government and parliament of FYR Macedonia have taken their summer holidays and this has led to a temporary suspension of institutional decisions.
In spite of the holiday period, media in favor of the government have warned government decisions which will follow the holidays.

As of August 5, the majority of ministers and MPs have left toward different beaches and tourist resorts. Turkey, Greece, Albania, Croatia and Montenegro have been among the preferences of the majority of politicians of the country.
Prime minister Nikola Gruevski is spending several days in Turkey, accompanied by his family. On the other hand, the leader of the bigest opposition party, Macedonian Social Democratic League (LSDM), Zoran Zaev spent several days in Greece.


Upon his return from the holidays, Zaev has started his activities with the opposition, preparing the plan for the formation of the shadow government and parliament. Macedonian opposition has given up on its parliamentary mandates and doesn’t recognize the April 27 elections, considering them as rigged by the current government.
The majority of ministers are also on holiday. They have chosen the Turkish and Greek coast, while Albanian ministers are spending their holidays in Albania. Deputy prime minister for the Ohrid Agreement, Musa Xhaferri has spent his holidays on the Greek coast.

Meanwhile, leader of the Democratic Union for Integration (BDI), Ali Ahmeti, has chosen to spend the summer on the mountain. Sources from this party say that Ahmeti is staying in the alps of Sharri and Reka, in Gostivar.
Leader of PDSH (Albanian Democratic Party), Menduh Thaci is resting on the Albanian coast, in the southern part of the country.

End of August will see the end of the holidays and this period will be followed by an intensive political agenda.
The majority has warned that it will approve laws which serve for the European integration agenda. Part of this framework is also the approval of constitutional changes in the domnain of the wedding between a man and a woman, laws that relate to economic and financial issues and other issues that regulate the judicial system.
On the other hand, Macedonian opposition has warned an active political campaign, until its demands are met.
Petre Silegov, spokesman of LSDM, told IBNA that after the summer holidays, the opposition will intensify its political activities outside institutions.

“One of the main demands is to form a technical government which will hold fresh elections. But, there are also other conditions such as the division of the party from the power, regulation of the state of the media and the representation of the opposition in the public Radio Television Network, the cleansing of the Election List and the holding of the census”, said Silegov.
These are the points of the political talks between the leader of opposition, Zoran Zaev and prime minister and leader of the party in power, VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski. The continuation of these talks has been left after the summer holidays, but both sides are sticking to their demands.

Citizens have different opinions concerning the holidays of politicians. Goran. S, a student from Skopje told IBNA that politicians and government people go on holiday, without caring about the problems that the citizens face. “Political demagogy doesn’t end. The population is facing an economic and social crisis, while politicians are going on holiday. As of July 1, prices of energy, fuel and bread have increased. On the other hand, our salaries have not changed and we can barely survive. The political class must be held responsible for this”, says Goran. S.
The period after the holidays will also focus on the next NATO Summit, the protests warned by employees of education and culture due to low wages and the protests from Albanian associations for the rights of Albanians in FYROM. /ibna/