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Macedonia 01.09.20 | 12:15

Ahmeti is going to the Hague “just as a witness”, Foreign Minister Osmani insists

Speaking to the press, newly appointed Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani insisted that his party leader Ali Ahmeti is going to the Hague tomorrow just as a witness and not as a defendant. Ahmeti has been summoned before the special war crimes prosecutors in the Hague who are investigating the UCK Albanian...

Macedonia 21.08.20 | 10:42

Rift in DUI – Bujar Osmani could be out to make room for Izet Mexiti

The dispute which erupted in the DUI party over the division of spoils in the next Government could end up with the withdrawal of Bujar Osmani from the Foreign Ministry, which was promised to him under the SDSM – DUI coalition agreement. According to media reports, the Skopje wing of the party...

Macedonia 06.08.20 | 23:08

DUI denies reports that it agreed to have Lazar Elenovski as the next Prime Minister

DUI spokesman Bujar Osmani denied the media reports that the party is proposing former Defense Minister Lazar Elenovski as the next Prime Minister. DUI campaigned on having an ethnic Albanian as Prime Minister, specifically Naser Ziberi, while Elenovski is half Albanian. We had a candidate for Prime...

Macedonia 15.07.20 | 22:29

Alliance rejects DUI request for a unified bloc behind the demand for an ethnic Albanian Prime Minister

Arben Taravari, the Gostivar Mayor who is deputy leader of the Alliance of Albanians, rejected a proposal from the DUI party for a unified Albanian bloc. We have a convincing lead over DUI. The trends favor us. We were pressured from all sides in these irregular elections, Taravari said. Previously the...

Macedonia 07.07.20 | 22:56

DUI holds a mass rally in Struga with zero social distancing

DUI party official Bujar Osmani shared photographs from the party rally in Struga, which show zero respect for social distancing. Most parties are trying to hold small campaign events and instruct their supporters to stay at a two meters distance from each other. But Osmani, who is a doctor and is in...

Macedonia 02.07.20 | 12:57

Osmani acknowledges that the EU framework is a draft document and can be changed by Bulgaria and other EU member states

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, who is tasked with EU accession talks, acknowledged that the draft negotiating framework can be altered and that it can be changed as EU member states review it. This statement comes after SDSM leader Zoran Zaev triumphantly declared that with the framework, the EU...

Macedonia 12.06.20 | 22:45

DUI reminds Zaev of their kingmaker role: In 2016 the voters chose Nikola Gruevski but we made you Prime Minister

DUI party officials Bujar Osmani and Artan Grubi extended the party’s fight with Zoran Zaev and his SDSM party. DUI came out with a request that the next Prime Minister is an ethnic Albanian, which prompted a rare outburst from Zoran Zaev, who while usually quick to accept any concession with Macedonian...

Macedonia 01.06.20 | 09:52

Osmani warns that today’s coronavirus numbers are even worse than in previous days

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani called on the public to begin following coronavirus restrictions, because the situation with newly infected patients is getting even worse. The numbers today are even more disturbing, Osmani warned. “The chances of being positive or having been in contact with...

Macedonia 14.05.20 | 09:42

Osmani: It’s difficult to talk elections while people are still being put on mechanical ventilation

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani said that it is difficult to talk about holding elections at a time when new patients are placed on mechanical ventilation every day. Osmani, who is from the DUI party, was asked about the push by Zoran Zaev to hold “corona elections” in June or early July,...

Macedonia 04.05.20 | 22:08

Government plans to reduce the curfew, re-open restaurants and cafes

The Government is raising the prospect of putting an end to the evening curfew. Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani said that with the dropping numbers of new infections it is possibly time to use different, milder tactics to fight the virus. Osmani, who comes from the ethnic Albanian representing DUI...

Macedonia 01.05.20 | 22:29

WHO loan will be used to buy 70 respirators

By the end of June 50 respirators, bought with a loan from the World Health Organization, will be delivered to Macedonia, said Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani. Osmani said that this will bring the number of newly purchased respirators to 70. The Government believes that it will have a sufficient number...

Macedonia 11.04.20 | 10:18

Osmani: A complete two weeks long lockdown is the best option, but is it feasible?

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani echoed a proposal from Defense MInister Radmila Sekerinska for two weeks of complete lockdown. Osmani said that this would be guaranteed to stop the spread of the virus, but it would also be very difficult logistically. Macedonia is currently under a weekend long lockdown,...

Macedonia 19.03.20 | 14:42

Dimitrov contradicts Osmani’s announcement that the EU approved opening accession talks with Macedonia

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikola Dimitrov poured cold water on the rosy announcement from Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, who earlier today said that the European Union member states finally approved the opening of accession talks with Macedonia. EU leaders are supposed to meet over a video-conference...

Macedonia 19.03.20 | 11:16

Osmani says EU member states approved the opening of accession talks with Macedonia

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani announced that Macedonia will be given an unconditional approval to open its EU accession talks at the coming teleconference European Council in late March. This is not the first time the Government, including Osmani, have announced this will happen – including...

Macedonia 02.03.20 | 15:50

Osmani defies Zaev: Albanian language signs will stay where they are

Zoran Zaev’s claim that Albanian language signs were placed across Macedonia “by mistake” drew the ire of Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani. According to Osmani, such signs need to be placed in all Government buildings across the country, and not just in municipalities that have more...

Macedonia 13.02.20 | 15:04

Dimitrov and Osmani are in Paris to lobby for the lifting of the French veto

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of EU affairs Bujar Osmani are in Paris for meetings with French officials. The two are asking that France approves the opening of accession talks, after the veto President Macron gave Macedonia and Albania in October. Osmani even...

Macedonia 18.01.20 | 11:04

Osmani says he is encouraged by the changes in the EU enlargement methodology

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European integration Bujar Osmani said he is encouraged by what he has seen in the new EU methodology for admitting new member states and the recent visit from Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi. Macedonia was vetoed by France in October, which prevented the opening of accession...

Macedonia 02.01.20 | 15:32

Osmani has high hopes from the Croatian EU Presidency, Radman says he will support what is realistically possible

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani said he has high hopes from the Croatian Presidency with the European Union which began this year. Osmani met with the Croatian Ambassador Nives Tiganj to discuss the country’s priorities. Macedonia is hoping that it will be allowed to open EU accession talks...

Macedonia 12.12.19 | 18:59

Osmani turns somber, says EU relations are too complex and outcomes are difficult to predict

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, who is tasked with advancing EU integration, struck a somber note today during a lecture in Struga. Osmani told the participants at the event that the “relations within the EU itself are complex” and outcomes are “not easy to predict”, but that...

Macedonia 10.12.19 | 10:57

Osmani condemns VMRO position on the bilingualism law, and Nikoloski reminds him that Venice Commission opinions need to be respected

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, whose threat of return to the civil war period two decades ago pressured Zoran Zaev to reverse his position on the bilingualism law, now condemned the initiative from opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski. The law makes Macedonia a fully bilingual country, in violation...

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