The legitimate right of the opposition to bring down the government, or an alibi for returning to Parliament, and giving legitimacy to the government because of a previous agreement between party leader Hristijan Mickoski and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev? The members of VMRO-DPMNE are not exactly clear what the new leadership wanted to get in a situation when it was absolutely clear that they were not able to have 61 MPs’ votes against the work of the Government. Many of them are angry because the boycott is interrupted, when neither the mathematical requirements for releasing all of the detained opposition MPs for the events of last April have been met.
Professor Jove Kekenovski, who is a member of VMRO-DPMNE since 1990 and currently heads the faction for change, says the interpellation should not be submitted when the submitter is not sure that it will at least slightly disrupt the government’s rating.
“An interpellation should not be submitted even when the submitter knows in advance that by doing so, it will only strengthen the parliamentary majority and the government’s policy.
Interpellation also should not be submitted if the party that submits it does not have a sufficient number of votes, when it knows in advance that it is convicted of failure and when it will not be supported by other opposition parties. The interpellation is more dangerous for the opposition and can come back to the submitter as a boomerang in a situation when the Government has a secure and guaranteed parliamentary majority, and support from a large number of the media. It seems that this is an alibi after tête-à-tête deal between Zaev and Mickoski, with which the latter will receive protection for those who he needs to protect,” Kekenovski said.
The musician Vasko Beleski’s first remarks are that the current policies of the Government are long -term harmful for the country on all grounds, but that he expected greater engagement from the new leadership of VMRO-DPMNE, better attitude, action and determination to do more to protect the national interests of Macedonia and to be a real opposition, instead of acting as one.
“First of all, your leadership did not keep its promise. They said that they would not return to the Parliament and play extras until all of their MPs were free. Today, two or three lawmakers are still in house arrest, three or four are still under political-court charges of terrorism, and yet MPs of VMRO-DPMNE will enter the Parliament to debate the oil excise tax and the poetry published by the Sports Agency. Strange motivation in an unmet condition?!” he commented on his Facebook profile.
He reminded that the political conditions have not been met: there is an illegal proposal for a law on bilingualism with abuse of the European flag, a humiliating rejection of all 35,000 amendments submitted by elected MPs, non-government rape of the voting process in the Parliament led by the illegitimate Speaker Talat Xhaferi, unconstitutional arrest of MP Pesevska and holding in custody without an explanation from the Minister of Internal Affairs or Prosecutor, illegal dismissal and election of judges in appellate courts, party pressures and dismissals in the administration, humiliating assaults against a police officer by a local sheriff from Cair, party-political blocking of the work of the Municipality of Gostivar, party interference in court decisions for murderers in the cases “Monster” and “Divo Naselje”, murder as a verdict in the settlement of Mala Recica etc.
The interpellation is just a rigged move that should look like an attack on the government, and yet it is obvious that it is an improvisation to cover the opposition’s participation in the government’s scenario. Ask yourself, with how many MPs was Zaev’s government adopted? With 62 votes ‘in favor’ and 45 votes ‘against’! And since the president of VMRO-DPMNE likes math, he knows very well that the vote on the interpellation on Wednesday will end with 37-38 votes ‘against’ and 66-67 votes ‘in favor’ of confidence. So, with precise mathematics, Mickoski will give Zaev greater legitimacy with the improvised interpellation, and will give him the next 100 days as a bonus, because he is not allowed to raise no-confidence during that period (when the name changes) and will cause additional fragmentation in the ranks of opposition”, writes Beleski.
In the end, he asks whether the new leadership may be blackmailed to be an obedient opposition through the cases of the SPO against Mijalkov and Gruevski, who at the convention set Mickoski as president, then whether perhaps the “white palace” is mortgaged and forces the new management to ask for more loans from the Komercijalna Bank and to lower interest with servility; is it true that Mickoski, along with two or three members of the management, has a business with hydroelectric power plants under different names, so why does Zaev condition it, and whether VMRO-DPMNE, as a party, the Law on Financing of Parties and the Law for Protected Witnesses are more important than the unconstitutional law on bilingualism, the announcement of the change of the constitutional name and the political detentions of the patriots?
However, Aleksandar Mihajlovski, who is part of the reform initiative in VMRO-DPMNE, and who was considered a fierce critic of Gruevski, thinks that the new leadership is moving in the right direction, but it is too early to expect spectacular results because it is a process and it takes time to introduce updated policies.
“First, the interpellation: I think the main task of the opposition is to criticize the government, to emphasize the issues of criticism of the government, and this should be accepted by the public. It is a chance for serious and substantiated criticism of the work of the Government. As for the internal party processes in VMRO-DPMNE, things are moving in a positive direction. VMRO-DPMNE goes through a phase of serious restructuring, both organizational and political. It is preparing for the future period, correcting the mistakes in the past, promoting new staffing solutions and creating a credible alternative to this Government, which has no capacity to manage Macedonia. I am convinced that citizens need such a thing. As for Gruevski, at least from what we’ve seen so far, I think that he no longer holds all the strings in his hands, on the contrary, I think that the new leadership is independent and runs the party in accordance with the democratic processes,” Mihajlovski stated for “Nezavisen/Independent” newspaper…. / IBNA