Bilal Kasami, leader of the BESA party, reported in the police that one of the members of Parliament from the party, Kastriot Rexhepi, has gone missing. Rexhepi was expected in the Parliament this morning, for the crucial vote of no confidence in the Zaev Government, but did not show up and was not found in either of his homes.

As the Parliament remains deadlocked without his tie-breaking vote, the only bit of information from Rexhepi is a Facebook post in which he says he has changed his mind about supporting the opposition, but does not state where he is or in what condition.

Until I see the member of Parliament or hear from him, I will continue to believe that he wrote this against his will and that he is prevented from coming to the Parliament and freely casting his vote. As BESA leader, I believe that he is kept somewhere and can’t come to the Parliament or address the public, Kasami said. This afternoon, he turned to the Interior Ministry to report Rexhepi’s disappearance.

In 2019, during the push to rename Macedonia, the Zaev regime imprisoned three opposition members of Parliament for “terrorism” and filed charges against a group of other opposition representatives or their family members and friends. These tactics, along with hefty bribes, “persuaded” eight members of Parliament elected on the VMRO-DPMNE ticket to vote for the imposed name change. The three representatives charged with “terrorism” were released by the court on the day of the vote, in a move that was clearly coordinated with the Government.