Skopje heading toward a post electoral political crisis

Skopje heading toward a post electoral political crisis

IBNA Special Report/The refusal to recognize the elections by the Macedonian opposition and institutional boycott are taking the country toward a political crisis. IBNA’s report hears from university professor and columnist, Nikola Dujovski, analyst and former politician, George Spasov, analyst Suad Misini


Skopje, April 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Macedonian opposition led by the Macedonian Social Democratic League (LSDM) announced on Sunday its decision not to recognize the elections, due to what it claims to be frauds of the party in power with the electoral process. This party demands the urgent formation of a technical government, which would hold free and democratic elections.

Analyst and former opposition politician, George Spasov says that the decision of the Macedonian opposition was expected, following the massive irregularities from the start of the electoral campaign until the election day.

“The country headed toward the elections with a party leader and a prime minister who has taken 1,5 million Euros in bribe and has broken the law by being involved in corruption, not to talk about the numerous irregularities which were registered on the election day and during the electoral campaign”, says Spasov.

University professor and columnist, Nikola Dujovski told IBNA that if LSDM doesn’t reveal its plans for the future, then the refusal to recognize the elections will not be very important. “I don’t think there will be any changes in the internal political course bearing in mind that we have a power concentrated in the hands of VMRO-DPMNE and BDI. I expect these parties to continue and create internal and foreign policies and to become even more powerful”, says Dujovski for IBNA.

Analyst Suad Misini warns that the crisis can be deepened even further if VMRO-DPMNE refuses the demands of the Albanian party, Democratic Union for Integration (BDI), which must materialize the expectations of the voters with 150 thousand votes and 19 seats in parliament.

“I believe that the great victory of BDI will complicate the situation even more, because the head of this party, Ali Ahmeti will be even more powerful in his bargaining with the Macedonian winning party, VMRO-DPMNE. There will be problems in these negotiations for joint government and this will deepen the political crisis even more”, said Suad Misini for IBNA. According to him, it will be very dangerous if VMRO-DPMNE will take adventurous like decisions by including in the government the Albanian opposition party PDSH, which has only won 7 seats.

Based on the seats that have been won, VMRO-DPMNE has 61 seats and only needs one or two MPs to secure a majority in the 123 seat parliament. But, according to the practice which has existed so far in the country, coalitions are formed between Macedonian and Albanian parties which have won the largest number of votes.

Citizens do not want a crisis but want promises to be fulfilled

It seems that the citizens want the governing coalition to be formed as soon as possible in order to meet the electoral promises and they do not want a political crisis. In different social networks, there’s a fear of a deepening of the political crisis, which will also be reflected in the social and economic aspect.

Elena N., a student from Skopje, told IBNA that the citizens want normality. She suggests that voters are now waiting for parties to implement the programs unveiled during the elections and not cause problems.

“We’re tired of the crisis and my family can barely survive in this serious situation. New jobs are promised and promises must be fulfilled now. We want normality and positive results. Politicians must not use their problems to lie to the people and forget their responsibilities”, says Elena, the Macedonian student. /ibna/