Political dialogue in crisis, no optimistic signals in the horizon

Political dialogue in crisis, no optimistic signals in the horizon

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Political dialogue in FYROM continues to be in crisis and no optimistic signals are given for the solution of the political crisis.

In spite of the messages and recommendations of international community, the biggest political parties in the country have not managed to unblock the political crisis.

The largest opposition party LSDM (Macedonian Social Democratic League) continues to boycott parliament, following its decision not to recognize the latest parliamentary elections and the election of the president of the country, George Ivanov. This party has made its demands clear and that it’s open for political dialogue, by imposing as condition the formation of a technical government and immediate holding of parliamentary elections.

This was a request also articulated in the last meeting between its leader, Zoran Zaev with the leader of VMRO-DPMNE and prime minister Nikola Gruevski.

VMRO-DPMNE in power has said that it doesn’t accept the holding of new parliamentary elections and that in this period, the country doesn’t need fresh elections.

Lack of dialogue and political crisis has also been admitted by prime minister Gruevski, who declared yesterday that there are hopes of overcoming the political crisis and reintroduction of institutional political dialogue.

According to him, there has recently been communication between VMRO-DPMNE and LSDM, but the meetings have not brought any results.

“During all this time, there’s been communication of different levels between the two parties, but unfortunately, without any success. We’re always open for a meeting”, declared prime minister Gruevski.

Gruevski declared this in response to journalists’ questions in relation to political dialogue and return of the opposition to parliament.

Macedonian opposition has imposed its conditions. The formation of a technical government and the holding of fresh parliamentary elections are the two key conditions of LSDM. “We do return to parliament for as long as the party in power is not open for all our five demands, including the one for technical government”, declared the leader of LSDM, Zoran Zaev.

Macedonian opposition has launched a new strategy and dynamic activities on field, by holding meetings with the citizens in order to discuss on the political developments and political crisis in the country.

Political analysis say that political dialogue is key to unblocking the current situation and not fresh elections.

“Political dialogue is the most important element for the European Union, when it comes to Macedonia. Without political dialogue and agreement between majority and opposition, this political system cannot function in a legitimate framework. Every other decision taken by the party in power, VMRO-DPMNE would be damaging and would face strong criticism by international community”, said for IBNA, political analyst and diplomat Nano Ruzin.

According to him, the technical government, proposed by LSDM, is an acceptable option to come out of the crisis.

Citizens also express their concern about the situation and appeal for political stability. Armend L, a student, told IBNA that political parties in the country must find a joint language and putting the interests of the citizens above everything else. “We’re interested to have political stability which would bring debate, development and a more positive perspective. Otherwise, this situation isolates the country and we are convinced more than ever that the situation will not improve with these political leaders”, says Armend L.

The need for political dialogue has also been stressed in the European Commission progress report, but also in messages issued by international personalities.

The delays in the political dialogue are taking the country to an impasse, as it was said by the progress report. /ibna/