Constitutional Court in Macedonia Canceled Out Assembly’s Vote on Delayed Dissolution

Time: 4:59 p.m. CEST

Entrance of the Constitutional Court photographed on March 15, 2016. 

All nine justices of the Constitutional Court of Republic of Macedonia voted in support of the initiative of the member of the Assembly Talat Dzaferi and canceled out the decision for dissolution of the Parliament from January 18 and February 23, which was voted in the Parliament. The Court did not yet published the decision, but the changes occurred in the Assembly from last week when the court decide to accept the initiative.

The Assembly voted for the dissolution of the Parliament on January 18. Then, the Assembly decided about the dissolution of the Parliament, but with decision to be effective on February 24, 2016. On the same day in January, the Assembly voted for the interim Prime minister, which role was only to organize an early elections, according to the July 15 agreement.

Eighty-three members of the Assembly of Republic of Macedonia voted for the decision to change the decision for the Parliament dissolution ten minutes before the end of the previously scheduled date for February 24.  MP’s of the VMRO-DPMNE, DUI, DPA voted for the changes of the earlier decision voted on January 18. SDSM MP’s did not vote for the changes, although their parliamentarians were inside the plenary hall of the Parliament.

President of the Parliament Trajko Veljanovski gave to the parliamentarians break for 45 minutes before another session of the Parliament start for a changes in the Electoral Law and defining the new date for an early elections. If the Parliament dissolutes on April 7, than the possible date for early election will be June 5.

On April 7, the President of Assembly Trajko Veljanovski announced the Parliament is dissolving. “This mandate and this parliamentary members passed through difficult times, but we also achieved to realize concrete results in the realization of the strategic determinations, building of the stabile sector and better future,” Veljanovski said before the applause in the plenary hall, mostly of the ruling party MP’s present at the closing session.

After the decision of the Constitutional Court to accept the initiative of Dzaferi on May 18, Parliament reconvene and MP’s changed the electoral law by amending and erasing June 5 as date for elections.


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