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If I had recognized true boycott in SDSM, I would have certainly picked that side

I did not take politics as amusement; I took it as a serious fight which our lives depend on - my life, the lives of my family, your family, our children in this country. I simply did not accept different political games and calculations. It is not a matter of opposing to the party decision not to enter the Parliament, but it is a matter of how the party has shaped it. Not numbers, but names were on the candidate lists, and everyone bears responsibility for their own actions

Member of Parliament Ljubica Buralieva is one of the two SDSM MPs who chose not to obey the party leadership decision to boycott the Parliament. This move caused her to be expelled from the party as the biggest traitor. She was also exposed to harsh criticism and public insults by SDSM’s peak. Four months after entering the Parliament, Buralieva does not regret her decision, on the contrary – she claims to receive even greater support from her former party coworkers for opposing undemocratic behavior within the party.

How would you assess your move now – a few months after you opposed the party decision for Parliament boycott? Do you still believe you have made the right move, or have you maybe regretted your decision?

BURALIEVA: My personal resistance is my style of reacting to everything I find purposeless. Opposition’s goal was change of the bad politics by the incumbent political structure. That was my motive to accept this political engagement – MP candidacy. I thought I’d be able to finally set free the word which I felt was being held captive in the last few years of my career as a journalist, to make my voice heard on social poverty of the majority of citizens, the epidemic of spiritual poverty, abandoning of real values… I did not take politics as amusement; I took it as a serious fight which our lives depend on – my life, the lives of my family, your family, our children in this country. I simply did not accept different political games and calculations. It is not a matter of opposing to the party decision not to enter the Parliament, but it is a matter of how the party has shaped it. Not numbers, but names were on the candidate lists, and everyone bears responsibility for their own actions. If I had recognized true boycott, I would have certainly picked that side.

When did you find out on Zaev’s decision for election results boycott?

BURALIEVA: When everyone else did – immediately after polling stations were closed, before the results were published. President Zaev has received that support as well, but it was later when I found out when that decision was made. I was than faced with a bunch of questions, whose answers were ruining my balance in the search of minimum honesty on the road to change. In politics, they say, there are neither feelings, nor honesty. if so, I have made a personal decision to go with the flow and prove that if you are not being honest to yourself, you cannot be honest to the purpose for which you decided to swim in the wild waters of politics.

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You and your colleague Solza Grceva were excluded from the party due to your views. Before and after, you were exposed to strong criticism, insults, attacks from your former party colleagues… and maybe treats as well…How is the situation today? Are your colleagues still avoiding you or they are beginning to understand your move?

BURALIEVA: I understand the reactions of some of the party’s members and of many that simply see the opposition as a savior of the situation. But there are other opinions, the support for the courage to oppose the undemocratic attitude amongst their ranks is gradually growing. I also reacted in many situations when “big” politicians betrayed SDSM, and they would returned, and walked right, left, up, down, and now they teach me some political lessons. But it is about different political moments. In the particular political moment our assessment was “to be” people’s representatives in Parliament. Each personal step also means responsibility before the others and before yourself. The party’s decision is primarily the responsibility of the leadership and if I was not excluded, I would sought responsibility from those who put me on the list of “silent members”. During the process of pre-election, and after that, we communicated with most of the fellow MPs, I knew some before … and we remained being people, everyone with their own mind and their own views on further coming to a common goal, to a European Macedonia, in general.

Why did you decide to turn your back on the party leadership? Because of your personal interest, as they were accusing you, because you feel you were tricked, or because of something else?

BURALIEVA: No, I did not turn my back on the party leadership. It was the opposite. If the desire to fight for freedom of speech and thought (which was taken from me in the public service where I worked and I had a nice salary in circumstances where there is a heavy unemployment) is considered as personal interest, then I accept the charges.

Has the opposition capacity and idea to get out of this crisis?

BURALIEVA: Now I am thinking very personally, as an independent MP who believes opposition and wants the opposition to show its strength and crystallized ideas that would encourage the citizens of this country to endure going through this penitentiary system. Namely, I expect moment when the opposition will show the practical expression of its determination to confront the police-bureaucratic dictatorship.

Ljubco Georgievski made an assessment that VMRO-DPMNE will rule for another eight years. Do you share his opinion or think that the government might change any time soon?

BURALIEVA: The government has to change as soon as possible. I am convinced that will happen before Georgievski starts with the construction of the baroque style hotel.

How do you assess the move of SDSM top leaders to organize an elite party in the new building of the old theater?

BURALIEVA: I do not want to comment on this comedy in a theater where, as a graduated actor and person that followed the theatre in Macedonia, neither I have entered nor am I willing to enter. I expect the real dramatic art happen on an open stage, before the court gates, with the Macedonian drama “Kezarovski”. I expect the opposition’s top leaders at the forefront.