Time: 7:37 p.m. CEST
Democratic Union for Integration Party explained in detail, but only with a press release statement on their party website, on the reasons to withdraw its ministers from the Government of Republic of Macedonia. DUI withdraws its ministers because of the published intercepted conversations of private nature of their officials, which were uploaded by anonymous users on various Internet applications.
In the statement, DUI is not giving the precise explanation, which reported talks prompted the decision, but in the recent weeks, anonymous users of Internet uploaded reported private conversations between two highly ranked officials in the party, holding key posts at the Government and the Assembly of Republic of Macedonia.
While the Public Prosecution formed the case after the report by one of the individuals mentioned in the talks, which voice, reportedly appear on the audio recording, DUI withdraw its ministers.
The party protests the publishing of the illegally intercepted conversations, confronts their authenticity and says that “production of the surveillance material is unacceptable and it is illegal method, with inhuman political and personal attacks.”
DUI, as they say, question, “the fabricated, non-existing corruptive affairs with a goal to decrease influence of the Albanian political factor in Macedonia.” Some of the DUI’s ministers published their resignations on their Facebook profiles, giving no audio statements for the move.
For example, Minister for Education, Abdulakim Ademi, who faced several protests for his resignations last year due to the government policies in education, published the resignation on Facebook.
A day after the decision of DUI remained unclear what could happen further. Current interim Prime Minister Emil Dimitrov, voted even with the votes of DUI’s MP’s did not give any statement on Friday, whether he would accept the withdrawals of the ministers.
The move of DUI happens in the moments when the Public Prosecution for intercepted conversations two days ago opened a case “Fortress,” targeting senior police officials from the Ministry of Interior and their counterintelligence departments.
Former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and president of VMRO-DPMNE, party highly affected by the disclosed reported intercepted conversations, briefly commented that it is “DUI’s decision,” and citizens would decide which government will lead them in the period after the elections.
The early general elections should be on June 5, 2016 and the Assembly should dissolve on April 7. The decision for an early elections is part of Przino Agreement, or the agreements concluded between EU, the U.S. and four party leaders of the main parliamentary parties in Macedonia from June 2 and July 15 lats year. Political crisis started with disclosures by president of SDSM, Zoran Zaev of chosen materials for reported bribe, corruption, and electoral frauds.
With July 15 agreement, the four parties pledged for non-publishing of the intercepted materials. On December 30, SDSM turned to the Prosecution for the intercepted materials several boxes. In the first report of the Prosecution, formed especially for investigation of the content of those materials, said that the external hard drive has 546,948 files.
Of those files, 540, 646 are audio files and 6302 are files created in Word, Excel, and PDF. SDSM also delivered 23 spiral bound books with 18,155 pages. All of them contained 119, 088 transcripts of calls and SMS messages. It submitted 1,828 sheets numbered by the Commission from one to 1828.
Even after more than one year after the opposition party disclosed the conversations, it is unknown who committed the massive illegal surveillance of the politicians and government officials.
The so-called mentor for the realization of the July 15 Agreement; EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn did not comment the current situation. According to the postponements, the Assembly should dissolve on April 7. Meanwhile, the Primary Court Skopje 1 in Skopje changed the previous detention decision for an official of the Counterintelligence in the Ministry for Interior with a house arrest, after the requests from the prosecutors of Prosecution for intercepted conversations. Head of that prosecution, Katica Janeva appealed the decision.
The further European Union integration of Macedonia in large depends upon the successful completion of July 15 agreement and the evaluation for the early general elections by international observes, EU and US.