VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski met today with the leaders of the smaller parties in the VMRO lead coalition For a Better Macedonia to underline the request for early general elections which would be held along with the presidential elections in late April. Mickoski and the other leaders raised the way in which the Parliament voted on the amendments to the Constitution and the publishing of the law on the use of the Albanian language, without the President’s signature, and agreed this makes the need for early elections even more acute.

The representatives of the parties condemned the act to hold a vote in the Parliament under threats, blackmail, pressure and bargaining with the rule of law in service of political goals. Macedonia is practically a country where the rule of law no longer applies, said Mickoski.

Coalition leaders agreed that it is necessary to bring criminal charges against those who allowed the constitutional amendments and the law on the use of languages to be published without the President’s signature, in violation of the Constitution. The acts were signed by Speaker Talat Xhaferi. The law on the use of the Albanian language will also be submitted before the Constitutional Court, given that it widely oversteps the framework put in place after the 2001 war.

The Prime Minister is way over his depth. The Coalition for a Better Macedonia led by VMRO-DPMNE insists on holding early general elections along with the presidential elections. I will repeat, this is not about taking over the Government and dividing offices and advancing careers. This is to allow the voters to decide whether they want a humiliated North Macedonia or a proud and dignified Republic of Macedonia, said Mickoski, demanding that the Parliament is dismissed at once.