Political crisis in FYROM still persists

Political crisis in FYROM still persists

Skopje, 19 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Political dialogue in FYR Macedonia is not yielding a solution and the main political parties, VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM continue to insist on their stands without launching any signal of compromise.

While the political battle is taking place as part of a monitored debate brokered by the international community, the heads of the two parties have taken the streets to fight their political battle.

The two parties have set up camps in front of institutions in order to express their revolt.

While SDSM is protesting night and day in front of the government, by setting up tents and by demanding the resignation of PM Nikola Gruevski, as of last night, party in power, VMRO-DPMNE has set up camp in front of parliament, copying the actions of the opposition.

Political analysts have different positions as far as the political developments in the country are concerned.

“The game continues and we don’t know what the final result will be. We expect further turbulences. It’s absurd how both sides talk about the same scope: accession in the NATO and EU, integration in the western world. One side is hard to believe, but even for the opposition these objects are hard to realize. The political agony continues. Gruevski’s governing will be even more difficult, because citizens are no longer scared”, declared political analyst Zoran Jordanovski.

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and leader of opposition, Zoran Zaev will be in Strasbourg today where they will continue their negotiations in order to find a solution about the crisis. They will meet and talk in the presence of European Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn and MEPs.

VMRO-NP in opposition, issued a statement today about the talks in Strasbourg. “The meeting in Strasbourg, brokered by the international community is the only possibility which must not be wasted to find a long-term solution which will benefit the citizens”, declared VMRO-NP.

Citizens are divided in their opinions. A part of them support the opposition and its demands for the resignation of PM Nikola Gruevski, while the rest shows a strong support for Gruevski. Part of this group is the state administration and political activists who have been employed by the current government.

The four leaders of the largest political parties in FYROM met on Monday in a second round of talks to look for a solution to the political crisis which has engulfed the country, but to no avail. The meeting brokered by the US ambassador, Jess Baily and EU ambassador, Aivo Orav, has not yet determined the terms of the talks. The next decisive meeting is expected to take place on May 26, to give a new chance to the solution of the political crisis in the country.

The US Department of State reacted today on these developments. Jeff Rathke, spokesman of the US Department of State declared that the USA are worried about the crisis in FYROM.

“We are closely following the events in Macedonia and along with our European partners, we’re talking with the government of Macedonia and with political leaders in order to voice our concern about the current political crisis. We believe that leaders in Macedonia must work together in order to commence a dialogue on the necessary reforms and on ways to solve the political crisis”, Rathke declared.

The continuous lack of stability and political crisis will also have an impact in the deterioration of the economic crisis. /ibna/