Tag: parliament
Macedonia 30.11.20 | 18:43

Opposition unites against Xhaferi: With 3,000 amendments, VMRO-DPMNE, AA, Alternativa and Levica “veto” online voting

By submitting more than 3,000 amendments, the opposition in Parliament is practically blocking the amendments to the Rules of Procedure proposed by Speaker Talat Xhaferi, in order to bypass the problems with the quorum due to the covid crisis. The opposition parties VMRO-DPMNE, Alliance and Alternativa...

Macedonia Economy 30.11.20 | 09:07

Parliament will attempt to discuss the 2021 budget

The Parliament is scheduled to resume its discussion on the proposed 2021 budget. Its adoption hinges on the opposition, which submitted 500 amendments, and could obstruct the opening of the session. The ruling majority has only 62 votes, and is often unable to put together the 61 votes needed to begin...

Macedonia 23.11.20 | 19:57

Ruling coalition attempt to introduce online voting in the Parliament prompts walk-out from the opposition

Representatives of the opposition parties VMRO-DPMNE, Alliance of Albanians, Alternative and Levica did not attend the coordination held this afternoon by Speaker Talat Xhaferi. The parties, who together hold 58 of the 120 seat Parliament, have briefed the press that they will stop providing the quorum...

Macedonia Economy 13.11.20 | 18:23

Kostovski spoke about the collapse of his Eurostandard Bank before the Parliament, insists that the entire criminal enterprise will be uncovered

Businessman Trifun Kostovski said that the criminal collapse of his Eurostandard Bank will eventually be uncovered. “Crime always leaves a trail”, the oligarch said before the Parliament, after accusing the ruling SDSM party of deliberately destroying his bank. Kostovski told members of Parliament...

Macedonia 12.11.20 | 16:53

Zaev insists he won’t come to the Parliament to discuss the dispute with Bulgaria

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev justified his refusal and the refusal of his top diplomats to attend a session of Parliament and discuss the latest developments in the dispute with Bulgaria by saying that he doesn’t want to allow the opposition to score political points. Zaev is facing a Bulgarian veto...

Macedonia 12.11.20 | 16:29

With six sick representatives, the ruling majority was left unable to conduct a session of Parliament

The Macedonian Parliament was not able to hold a session today, after it was revealed that six representatives from the ruling majority are absent after contracting the coronavirus. The opposition helped the ruling majority prepare the order for the day, which requires the presence of at least 61 representatives,...

Macedonia 09.11.20 | 21:14

Even after he died, Amdi Bajram was paid 2,000 EUR by the Parliament

Four days after he died, former member of Parliament Amdi Bajram received two months worth of payments from the Parliament. As a former representative, he was eligible to entitlement, depending on the years spent in office. In this case, Bajram received four average salaries, or nearly 2,000 EUR in total. There...

Macedonia 06.11.20 | 15:28

Not enough votes available in the Parliament to put Zaev’s favorite judge on the Constitutional Court

In the Macedonian Parliament, Speaker Talat Xhaferi ended the debate on the highly controversial proposal to have a loyalist of the Zaev regime, judge Dobrila Kacarska, appointed to the Constitutional Court. The proposal comes at a time when Zaev’s campaign of persecution against the opposition...

Macedonia 02.11.20 | 14:42

VMRO demands that a serious, broadly supported committee is created to fight the epidemic

VMRO-DPMNE submitted a proposal to the Parliament demanding that a broad, supra-partisan committee is created to manage the coronavirus crisis. The proposal is supported by the smaller opposition parties – the Alliance of Albanians and Alternative, as well as Levica. This proposal was rejected...

Macedonia 27.10.20 | 18:49

Parliament agrees to expedite tough new restrictions that should help stop the coronavirus spike

Members of the Macedonian Parliament approved a proposal to move with expedited debate on a new set of restrictions regarding the coronavirus crisis. The proposal was adopted with 60 votes in favor and 32 abstained. The SDSM led Government demanded an urgent adoption of the law after initially trying...

Macedonia 27.10.20 | 18:39

Parliament again adopts the anti-discrimination law

The Macedonian Parliament re-adopted the law to prevent discrimination. This law was adopted in May 2019, but it was later nullified by the Constitutional Court because it was adopted without the necessary 61 votes in Parliament, after President Ivanov vetoed it because it was adopted under the imposed...

Macedonia 23.10.20 | 09:50

Igor Durlovski leaves Parliament: I remain true to my supporters and their votes

The MP of the “For the Renewal of Macedonia” coalition and head of the list in the fifth electoral district, Igor Durlovski, informed late Thursday that he is leaving the his post in the Parliament. National interests, justice for the unjustly persecuted and a normal state for our children...

Macedonia 22.10.20 | 13:18

Online sessions only possible by changing the Constitution

The adoption of several laws related to corona measures has again raised the issue of the slim parliamentary majority in power. It has only 62 MPs, and moreover at the moment they cannot secure as much because several MPs tested positive for the virus. That is why, the government pushes for MPs to hold...

Macedonia 22.10.20 | 11:06

Online sessions bring legal uncertainty and the possibility of abuse, says MP Milososki

There should be no online sessions because first of all the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament and the Constitution should be changed, and secondly there may be political polarization, MP Antonio Milososki from VMRO-DPMNE warned Wednesday on the “Zaspij ako mozes” show. A subject with online...

Macedonia 20.10.20 | 09:42

Two sets of coronavirus restrictions before the Government and the Parliament

Two separate sets of coronavirus linked restrictions are on the agenda today. The Government is expected to discuss a proposal to close all shops after 23h, to ban all public events, halve seating capacity in public transportation and have public sector employees work in shifts or from home. The Parliament...

Macedonia 19.10.20 | 21:55

Mickoski: VMRO-DPMNE does not intend to support online sessions of Parliament

VMRO-DPMNE will not support online sessions of Parliament. This is against the Constitution and VMRO-DPMNE will not support a violation of the Constitution. In case we have a Government, in case we have a government majority, they are obliged to provide a quorum for work from the total number of MPs....

Macedonia 16.10.20 | 17:12

No deal in Parliament on the proposal that sessions are held online

Members of Parliament could not reach agreement on the demand from the ruling majority that the legislative body begins to work online, from home. The opposition parties are opposed to this idea, and point to the Constitution which sets a requirement of a quorum of at least 50 percent + 1 member so that...

Macedonia 14.10.20 | 23:15

Nikoloski: Members of Parliament from the SDSM list are raising the prospect of a new majority

VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski said that members of Parliament elected on the SDSM list, from their smaller coalition partners, are raising the issue of having a new parliamentary majority. Both SDSM and VMRO are nearly tied in Parliament, with SDSM having to rely on more and stronger...

Macedonia 14.10.20 | 18:44

Parliament narrowly decides to appoint five deputy speakers

Despite public criticism, the Parliament voted today to set the number of deputy speakers to five – one of the historic highs. Candidates are still not put forward, but it’s expected that various parties will take the seats. The proposal was controversial as the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party...

Macedonia 14.10.20 | 09:54

The Constitution does not allow government’s intention for Parliament to work online

Zoran Zaev’s announcement that due to the coronavirus the Government will work online and that he recommends the same to the Parliament went unnoticed. First, in what capacity does Zaev, as the executive power, request or recommend the Parliament, which is the legislative power, to work online. It...

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