Do new political movements in FYROM promise to be serious alternatives?

Do new political movements in FYROM promise to be serious alternatives?

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, October 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Warnings for the creation of new political parties in FYR Macedonia have caused debates about the possibility of their emergence in the political scene or their disappearance within a short period of time.

New movements or political parties have been warned in both the Macedonian and Albanian camps. Some of them have still remained at a phase of declarations and promotions through the media, but another part has started its activity on the field, in order to secure supporters.

Movement for Reforms, “Besa” Movement and “Dostoinstvo” Movement, a new Macedonian social democratic party, are some of the warned political options which have recently circulated.

While current political parties do not want to comment these political movements or the new competition, analysts offer different insights.

Sonja Stojadinovic, lecturer of the political system at the University of Skopje, says that it’s hard for the new subjects to dominate or succeed in the political arena, in circumstances when the big political forces are dominating.

“The survival or the impact of a new party in the political arena depends on the people that will lead it, as current parties have their voters which are homogeneous. As far as the concept is concerned, I’m skeptical because we have had cases before when these parties later turned out to have ethnic concepts. I believe that the Macedonian bloc has room for a third option, but even here, everything depends on the people that come forward”, said Stojadinovic.

Former political activist, Zydi Xhelili says that this is the last chance for a new political subject to emerge and offer an extra alternative in order to push forward the position of Albanians in FYROM.

“Every new political incentive is welcomed, because it helps democracy, but these political incentives must be serious. In case there are tendencies or scenarios that relate to the interest of the voters, then these new parties will fail since the very beginning. Nevertheless, it’s good if the political arena becomes richer, in order to increase the quality and contribute for the best interest of the citizens”, says Zydi Xhelili.

Founders of these movements and political parties promise a different approach, programs and political platforms for the citizens, cross ethnic reconciliation, projects and national demands, especially for Albanian parties.

Citizens believe the opposite and have dilemmas about these warnings for new parties. Maja S, a businesswoman, told IBNA that the emergence of new parties is not something new and that they are not very promising. “The emergence of new parties from individuals and formal groups, has not attracted much interest and it’s clear that they do not represent the interests of the people, but interests of different groups, foreign interests or other scenarios to gain through politics. I don’t think that the parties that will emerge, will have much success”, says Maja.

Bekim A, a student at the Southeast European University of Skopje, told IBNA that the new parties may be promising for the Albanian community, in order to break the domination of the two largest parties, BDI and PDSH.

“In case they’re successful and convince their voters, then such movements are positive and they contribute in the Albanian political arena, which is now dominated by two parties and which in most cases, they cooperate in order to eradicate every new movement”, says Bekim A.

The warnings for the creation of new subjects come at a time when there are rumors for new elections in the country at the start of next year. /ibna/