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Macedonia 22.09.20 | 10:32

Kasami wants to force private companies to use the Albanian language so they would hire more Albanians

BESA party leader Bilal Kasami joined the calls for a program of subsidies to private companies that will hire ethnic Albanians, and added the demand to make private companies bilingual. The idea also has the backing of the DUI coalition partner under the guise of “diversity in the workplace”....

News 19.08.20 | 21:02

Zaev’s coalition partner BESA gets only one seat in the Government

The BESA party, which helped SDSM narrowly win the chaotic July 15 elections, will get only one seat in the new Government. Bilal Kasami’s party will get to propose a candidate for the Agriculture Ministry, as well as share in the spoils at lower levels of the Government. This is an important role...

Macedonia 11.08.20 | 15:48

Kasami refused Ahmeti’s invitation

BESA party leader Bilal Kasami rejected the invitation from DUI leader Ali Ahmeti to attend a joint celebration of the 2001 Ohrid peace treaty. Ahmeti’s initiative is a repainted version of his push for a pan-Albanian platform that would’ve put his DUI party at the center. The INA news agency...

Macedonia 02.08.20 | 19:45

Zaev’s coalition partner Kasami is the only party leader not to send out an Ilinden message

While most political parties and their leaders sent out at least courtesy statements congratulating Ilinden, even if not being affiliated with the push for Macedonian national statehood, a notable omission was the BESA party. SDSM’s coalition partner did not send out a statement congratulating...

Macedonia 29.07.20 | 10:39

Ahmeti meets with Kasami to discuss his plan for a new Albanian platform

DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti met with the leader of BESA Bilal Kasami to promote his plan for an all-Albanian political platform. The proposal, under which Ahmeti wants primacy among all Albanian parties, given that he won the most seats in the next Parliament (15), was already rejected by the close runner...

Macedonia 15.07.20 | 21:56

Klekovski: BESA voters likely fled to the other Albanian parties, deserting their shared list with SDSM

Political analyst Saso Klekovski warned about a curious phenomenon, where the SDSM coalition with BESA may not deliver the desired Albanian votes. SDSM is hoping that it will come out as the biggest Albanian party, even as it is likely to lose the ethnic Macedonian vote to VMRO. SDSM leader Zoran Zaev...

Macedonia 15.07.20 | 21:29

Kasami says that the vote for BESA and SDSM is a vote for EU membership

BESA party leader Bilal Kasami, who campaigned together with SDSM and lead the joint list in the 6th district, said that the elections are a “golden opportunity to continue on the Euro-Atlantic path”. Kasami, who raised the question over how loyal he will be to SDSM once in the Parliament,...

Macedonia 10.03.20 | 17:09

Zaev’s coalition partner Kasami opens the prospect of changing the Macedonian national anthem

BESA party leader Bilal Kasami, who is the newly minted SDSM coalition partner, opened the prospect of changing the Macedonian national anthem. In an interview, Kasami said that “I don’t feel comfortable when I hear the Macedonian anthem, which in no way reflects my identity”. The anthem...

Macedonia 05.03.20 | 10:09

Kasami says his meeting with Reeker shows that the US supports the SDSM – BESA coalition

BESA party leader Bilal Kasami presented his meeting with US acting Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker as evidence that the US supports his coalition with SDSM. Kasami met with Reeker in D.C. days after creating the first pre-election coalition between what was considered an ethnic Macedonian...

Macedonia 29.10.19 | 10:41

BESA leader rules out any cooperation with DUI until they are defeated, would join forces with the Alliance of Albanians

The opposition BESA party, which represents mainly ethnic Albanians, ruled out any coalition with the ruling Albanian party DUI. We would cooperate with DUI only if they are in the opposition. DUI failed to represent the Albanians over the past 17 years and the Albanians want it to go into the opposition,...

Macedonia 26.10.19 | 11:54

BESA leader Kasami proposes a broad unified front against DUI

Bilal Kasami, leader of the opposition BESA party which represents mainly ethnic Albanians, said that while it’s early, his party is open to a pre-election coalition with like-minded parties such as the Alliance of Albanians led by Ziadin Sela The two were allied in the presidential elections earlier...

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 15:48

Sela and Kasami call on Zaev to resign and allow early elections

The leaders of the ethnic Albanian opposition parties in Macedonia called for early elections. Ziadin Sela from the Alliance of Albanians said that both he and the public are disappointed not by the EU decision to withhold the opening of accession talks from Macedonia, but by the lack of reform capacity...

Macedonia 17.10.19 | 19:13

Albanian opposition parties in Macedonia call for early elections if the EU accession push fails

Opposition parties representing ethnic Albanians in Macedonia are agreed that, if the European Council ends without a date to open accession talks, early elections should be held as soon as possible. The plan B of the opposition is that we have early elections. What else could we ask for? We demand elections....

Macedonia 29.09.19 | 13:40

BESA leader Kasami says the only purpose of the Special Prosecutor’s Office was to bring down the Gruevski Government

BESA party leader Bilal Kasami says that the Special Prosecutor’s Office completely failed at its declared task – to restore the rule of law in Macedonia, and turned out to be a political tool of the SDSM party. From this perspective, the feeling is that the Special Prosecutor’s Office...

Macedonia 22.07.19 | 15:27

BESA is opposed to Zaev’s draft law on the Special Prosecutor’s Office, endangering his attempt to get to 81 votes

BESA party sources said that he will not vote for the proposed law on state prosecutors, which was unilaterally presented by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Friday, after he failed to find common ground with the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party and amid the major corruption scandal involving the Special Prosecutor’s...

Macedonia 19.07.19 | 22:13

BESA joins VMRO call for early general elections

The BESA party issued a press release accusing the ruling SDSM party of corruption and calling for early general elections. The call comes after BESA leader Bilal Kasami held a meeting with VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski, to discuss the major corruption scandal revolving around Special Prosecutor...

Macedonia 19.07.19 | 16:03

Mickoski meets BESA leader Bilal Kasami to discuss the growing Government corruption scandal

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski met with Bilal Kasami, leader of the ethnic Albanian BESA party to discuss the fast changing political situation in Macedonia. The two party leaders also discussed the major corruption scandal which brought down Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva and has implicated...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 19:54

BESA calls for early elections after Zaev’s failed mission in Berlin

BESA, one of the two main opposition ethnic Albanian parties, called for early elections after the failure of the Zaev Government to secure a date to open EU accession talks. The promise that accession talks will begin this month was not kept. There are no certain guarantees from Berlin that they will...

Macedonia 18.04.19 | 23:50

Albanian opposition bloc sees votes for Blerim Reka as votes against the “Zaev regime”

Bilal Kasami, leader of the ethnic Albanian BESA party, warned Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that his Government will be brought down by the Albanian voters. Kasami and Ziadin Sela from the Alliance of Albanians are supporting the only ethnic Albanian candidate in the race, Blerim Reka, for President, and...

Macedonia 21.02.19 | 13:53

Zaev meets BESA’s Kasami to discuss joint presidential candidate

Zoran Zaev is meeting with Bilal Kasami today to see if BESA party leader would support his proposal for a “consensual” presidential candidate nominated by the ruling SDSM party but supported by all ethnic Albanian parties. Zaev is already in talks with the Albanian parties which are in his...

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