Political crisis returns in FYROM, Macedonian opposition abandons the talks

Political crisis returns in FYROM, Macedonian opposition abandons the talks

Skopje, 15 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Political crisis in FYR Macedonia has returned as the opposition party SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union) has abandoned the talks, as a sign of disgruntlement about the fact that the Council of Public Prosecutors didn’t approve the Special Prosecutor’s team along with her plan.

Leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev said that the party will hold internal consults to decide whether this party will continue to participate in the talks or not.

SDSM said that the judicial institutions are under the control of the current government. Yesterday, Council of Public Prosecutors approved only 7 out of 14 prosecutors proposed by Special Prosecutor, Katica Janeva, who will be part of her team. After this decision, Janeva also said that the law on the Special Prosecutor has been violated and the June 2 agreement has not been respected.

International community calls for the talks to resume

While the Macedonian opposition has abandoned talks, European mediator Peter Van Hoyte declared that a deal has been struck about the electoral package, but according to him, one of the parties has abandoned talks.

Van Hoyte, who is the envoy of the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, has called on political parties to resume talks and for the agreement to be respected.

Meanwhile, European Union rapporteur, Ivo Vajgl MEP, arrives today in Skopje in order to hold separate meetings with the representatives of the main four political parties. Vajgl has also been a mediator of the European Parliament during the June 2 agreement.

Reactions of political parties

While the opposition has abandoned talks, there have been reactions from three other parties that are part of them. VMRO-DPMNE blamed SDSM for this gridlock and for encouraging this new political crisis.

The head of the parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE, Ilija Dimovski, declared that the fact that the opposition has left the talks means that this party fears fresh elections. He confirmed that an agreement has been reached for the electoral package and that this consists of a step forward in fully implementing the June 2 agreement.

“Their withdrawal is a tactic and as usual, then there’s progress in the talks, they seek a reason to withdraw and fulfill their scenarios”, Dimovski declared.

PDSH  (Albanian Democratic Party) said that it is happy with the agreement that was reached about the electoral package. “We have managed to incorporate our demands in the electoral package, in order to remove every possibility for irregularities during the elections. Also, every decision that will be taken by the new electoral commission will be consensual”, PDSH’s lawmaker, Orhan Ibrahimi said for IBNA.

BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) too said that progress has been reached on the agreement, but it said that every dispute between the two main political parties VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM must be overcome.

This party’s MP, Artan Grubi said that  progress has been reached on the agreement, but he said that talks should continue for pending issues. After the agreement on the electoral code, political parties will now discuss issues relating to the media, depoliticization of the national public TV network and other issues.

Two ministers proposed by the Macedonian opposition must become part of the government until October 20. According to the agreement, SDSM will appoint the minister of Interior and minister of Social Affairs, but also several deputy ministers. This cabinet will function until the end of December and after this, PM Nikola Gruevski is expected to resign and an interim government will be set up in order to organize the elections that will take place on 24 April 2016. /ibna/