Skopje, 13 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
The first reactions have come out in Skopje in relation to the resignation of the closest collaborators of PM Nikola Gruevski and the resignation of the head of Secret Services, Saso Mijalkov.
Leader of Macedonian opposition, Zoran Zaev declared that the resignations of Jankulovska, Janakievski and Mijalkov are a step toward Gruevski’s end.
“Everything we have discussed has been confirmed. This is proof about the genuineness of the registered conversations. This is proof of the abuses made by Nikola Gruevski and his entourage. This is no time for triumph! Our ultimate goal was not the resignation of Jankulovska, Janakievski and Mijalkov. This is only a step toward the end of Nikola Gruevski”, said the leader of the SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), Zoran Zaev.
Activist for human rights and university professor, Mirjana Najcevska said that the person proposed for the post of Interior minister, Mitko Cavkov cannot be appointed on this duty, because according to the Constitution, this post must be occupied by a person coming from civil society, who has not exerted public offices in the past three years.
Dzabir Deralla from CIVIL organization told IBNA that the entire cabinet of PM Nikola Gruevski must resign.
“The crisis in the country cannot be solved through resignations or reshuffling of the cabinet. Citizens know very well that the problem relates to the entire government”, declared Deralla.
He said that on behalf of his NGO, he calls for the entire government to resign.
Reactions after the resignation of the current government have also been issued by international representatives in Brussels.
Vice speaker of the European Parliament, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff has demanded to PM Nikola Gruevski to step down.
“The outbreak of violence in Macedonia is a real worry to us. PM Nikola Gruevski must resign in order not to serve as a barrier to relief ethnic tension, which have been reactivated, but also for the fresh elections which would be held in adequate democratic conditions. Without prompt action, the region would once again be on the brink of civil war. Bearing in mind the Ohrid Agreement, such situation should have never come”, said the vice chairman of the European Parliament, Lambsdorff.
Citizens hope that these resignations give way to the political crisis and security tension.
Anja S, an economist, told IBNA that these resignations issue a signal for a possible compromise which would lead to a solution of the political crisis.
“As citizens, we hope that work has started for the solution of the crisis, because we are fed up of crises and this country cannot find respite. Is it better to talk or destroy everything? We, the citizens, will suffer the consequences. This is the moment for dialogue to dominate and all factors must return to the path of democracy, offering to citizens a better and more prosperous future”, declared Anja S.
Ilirian D, a resident of Kumanovo, who lives in the quarter where fighting occurred last week, calls for calm, but he also demands responsibility for what happened in Kumanovo.
“Enough with the violence. Those who use violence as an instrument for their survival and to conceal crimes must leave. Those who issued orders for Kumanovo must be held accountable. We hope that this will happen one day”, says Ilirian.
In the afternoon, parliament will hold a debate for the election of the two new ministers, following the resignation of Interior minister, Gordana Jankulovska and minister of Transport, Mile Janakievski. Instead of them, PM Gruevski has proposed Mitko Cavkov and Vlado Misajlovski. /ibna/