VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said that, it the Constitutional Court is able to rise above politics, it should clearly reject the law on the use of languages under which the Albanian language was made official across Macedonia in violation of the 2001 Ohrid peace treaty. The law was adopted a year ago, but President Ivanov refused to sign. Never the less, this week it was published in the Official Gazette with a signature from Speaker Talat Xhaferi, a move which has already been declared unacceptable by the Constitutional Court in a previous such instance.

As a party we submitted criminal charges against the people who were accomplices in this act of violence against the Constitution, the laws and procedures of Parliament. Professor Kekenoski sent a request to the Constitutional Court to evaluate the law and if the Court makes its decision based on the rule of law, this law would have to be thrown out. We don’t oppose the use of the languages of the ethnic communities in the Republic of Macedonia, but that would have to be done in accordance with the law and the Constitution, Mickoski said in Ohrid, where he attended the Epiphany procession.

According to Mickoski, this illegal publication of the law is a transparent attempt by the SDSM and DUI parties to compete for the votes of ethnic Albanians in the upcoming presidential and likely early general elections.