Skopje: Court hands down prison sentences for violence against MPs
A court in Skopje has handed down prison sentences today for the 17 defendants accused of the violent incidents taken place two years ago in the Parliament of North Macedonia where numerous MPs from the then opposition were physically attacked. The longest prison sentence was handed down to former Interior minister and former police commissioner, Mitko Cavkov. Cavkov was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Judge Dobrilla Kacarska said that the events taken place on April 27 caused much fear and insecurity amongst the population. She also said that the perpetrators were conscious about their acts. /ibna/
US and EU: Acts of violence are unacceptable
The Albanian opposition has announced that it will hold a an anti-government protest on Saturday, demanding the resignation of the current government and the holding of fresh general elections. Following the recent opposition's protests, which have also registered acts of violence and destruction of public property, the US and EU embassy have issued statements today saying that any act of violence in tomorrow's protest will be unacceptable and unjustifiable. Full statement by the US embassy: While peaceful protest is a fundamental pillar of a democracy, inciting or committing acts of violence, including the destruction of public property, is unlawful. We urge all stakeholders in Albania’s...
Czech Republic pledges support for Albania’s integration process
Foreign minister of Czech Republic, Tomáš Petříček, is currently on an official visit to Albania where he’s meeting senior officials in the country. During the meeting that he had with his Albanian counterpart, Gent Cakaj, Petříček has promised the vote of his country in favour of the opening of accession talks. The head of Albanian diplomacy praised the role of the Czech Republic within the Visegrad group and also the support that Czech Republic has provided for the Western Balkan Fund. On his part, minister Petříček  has praised the steps taken by the Albanian government to open accession talks in June 2019. Minister Petříček also...
New dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean for East Med
New data are being developed in the Eastern Mediterranean following Egypt's decision to support the investment project of the East Med gas pipeline promoted by Greece, Israel and Cyprus. At the same time, it appears that Washington is trying to involve the private sector in the project, ie the companies that promote the pipeline, the Greek DEPA, the Italian Edison, and the American ExxonMobil. It should be noted that ExxonMobil with Total and HEPA have emerged as selected applicants for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the western and southwestern maritime areas of Crete. Certainly, the construction of East Med is an extremely complex...
Zaev says that Ivanov is violating the Constitution for not recognizing the country’s new name
“If the new constitutional name Republic of North Macedonia is not used, then this means that Constitution is not being respected.” This was declared by the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev who answered reporters’ questions regarding the bills that president Gjorge Ivanov is refusing to sign for not recognizing the new country’s name. Zaev said that he was confident that a solution will be found in order for these bills to come into effect. On Monday, parliament said that Ivanov has not signed the decrees for the 11 bills. These bills must once again go back to parliament and they need to be...
Will the presidential elections in North Macedonia be successful?
Debates are taking place in North Macedonia as to whether the presidential elections which will take place on 21 April will be successful or not. If turnout in these elections is less than 40%, then these elections will fail and an interim government will have to hold another presidential election along with general elections. Political analyst Zoran Ivanov says that it will be hard to achieve the minimum percentage of turnout, because people are not really motivated to vote. “People need to feel motivated to vote. In this country we have a state of lethargy where Constitution is amended without consensus and through secret deals”,...
Mogherini: Deal between Pristina and Belgrade should have UN’s backing
The final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia should be supported by the UN Security Council. This was declared today by the EU chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini in a speech delivered at the Security Council in New York. According to her, the final agreement should comply with international law. “Your role is the main role and we are ready, to intensify conversations with all Security Council members”, Mogherini said in New York. The European diplomat has said that Kosovo must abolish the tax introduces on Serbian goods in order to enable dialogue to resume. “Tariffs imposed by the government of Kosovo have to be abolished so...
IBNA Interview with MEP Tanja Fajon on the political crisis in Albania
A political crisis has erupted in Albania which seems to be nothing short of a vicious circle because none of the sides seems to be budging. United opposition is demanding Prime Minister Edi Rama’s resignation, the formation of an interim government and the holding of early elections, accusing the government of being involved in criminal affairs. For this, the opposition took the decision to resign from parliament, leaving both parliament and government under the Socialist Party’s full control. On the other hand, the head of the government and leader of the left wing, which holds a majority in parliament, says that there’s no reason for...
IBNA Interview with resigned democrat MP, Luçiano Boçi
Prof. Dr. Luçiano Boçi, who has served as democrat MP for several years now, has handed his resignation as part of the unanimous decision taken by opposition for mass resignation of its MPs. In this interview for IBNA, Mr. Boçi says that deformation of political representation is at the very core of this government. Referring to the recent protests that the opposition has been holding, he says that the opposition’s goal is clear: to overthrow the current government and to restore real democracy through real political representation through a fair and transparent electoral process. How did the decision about these protests come and what are you expecting from...
IBNA Interview with former democrat MP, Bedri Hoxha
The opposition will once again take to the streets on March 16th. This rally follows the opposition's decision for mass resignation from parliament. For the first time in 28 years, the monist system has once again been restored in Albania, following the unanimous decision from the opposition to resign from parliament. Tension is mounting in the country as it’s still unknown whether parliament will be reconstituted with a new opposition in it coming from the waiting lists. While the country awaits local elections and the opening of the accession talks in June, the situation seems tense. In this interview for IBNA, former democrat MP Bedri...