The end goal is now clear – it was to cut a political bargain at the cost of the rule of law and justice, said VMRO-DPMNE president Hristijan Mickoski about the pressures exerted on the party and its members in Parliament by the Zoran Zaev led Government, as it pushed to get the necessary votes to amend the Constitution and rename Macedonia.

Zoran Zaev cut a deal sacrificing the rule of law and justice. He got privileged deals for some of his supporters and he is pushing to accomplish his political goals. This is unacceptable for a country that wants to be an equal member of the European Union, said Mickoski after the Parliament adoped a selective amnesty law for the members of Parliament whose votes Zaev needs to push through the amendments to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia.

Eight members of Parliament from VMRO-DPMNE were pressured by the Zaev Government to vote in favor of renaming the country, after politically motivated criminal charges were initiated against them.

This has now become the way of doing things in Macedonia – corrupt bargains with the rule of law and justice done in the service of naked partisan ambition, said Mickoski in an interview with Sitel TV.
He reminded the viewers of the claims that VMRO-DPMNE is allegedly pressuring the members of Parliament to vote against the amendments, and said it was all part of the Government propaganda. “The truth finally came out”, Mickoski said, after the amnesty requests for one group of these representatives were approved on Thursday.