Time: 7:17 p.m. CEST
After another political gridlock in the Assembly of Republic of Macedonia last week, this Sunday two main political parties confronted their opinions on separate news conferences in their party headquarters. At first, VMRO-DPMNE represented, as they called it, a manifest for the unitary Republic of Macedonia.
Nikola Poposki, Ilija Dimovski, Antonio Miloshoski spoke on Sunday about this manifest, published on VMRO-DPMNE’s website. The issues discussed are unifying around national interest, which includes national dialogue, identity, the European Union and NATO integration, use of law vs. force, name issue, together against threats, integration into one society, languages, self-awareness, political stability, census, interethnic dialogue. The manifest uses explanation for the necessity in further support of market economy for better living standard.
Further, VMRO-DPMNE says would accept dialogue only in the Parliament with the elected representatives in the election, represented in the Assembly after the election. VMRO-DPMNE would request agreement on the following questions:
- Whether the rule for coalitions between winners of the ethnic communities would stay or go in significance of every parliamentarian?
- Whether foreign agendas are acceptable in comparison by programs of those represented and verified by the citizens on the election?
- Whether during the constitutive session of the Parliament, the party who won the election can have President of the Assembly of Republic of Macedonia or is it position for overruling?
- Whether all political subjects agreed to preserve multicultural model or support changes of the model to the bi-national with reversing others’ community rights?
- Whether EU integration and economic prosperity remain priority or they are replaced with the re-evaluation of the relations among communities?
SDSM did not directly comment the manifest, but the party spokesperson Petre Shilegov responded to a reporter question about the platform on a news conference. “If their efforts are sincere, they need to follow a process of a peaceful transition of power,” Shilegov stated and added “we cannot have prosperity in selective rule of law, protection of crime or corruption in the public offices.”
Meanwhile, DUI announced could withdraw their ministers from the interim government, and the Parliament should continue the constitutive session to elect new president of the Assembly. President of the European Council Donald Tusk arrives on Monday to the talks with president Gjorgje Ivanov, while organizers of the protests in support of the unitary character of Macedonia will continue with the protest walks.