Tag: parliament
Macedonia 02.03.21 | 10:09

Parliament to start working again in a bid to take a loan of 70 million euros for Silegov’s tram

After a break of one month, the Parliament resumes its work today. Extensions of 21st, 22nd, 25th and 26th plenary sessions will be convened. One of them will focus on taking a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for fast bus transport, known to the citizens as the trackless...

Macedonia 01.03.21 | 13:55

The government without opposition can’t gather 61 MPs to start a session, let alone pass a law

The coordinators of the parliamentary groups had a meeting in the Parliament today. The main topic was the blocked Parliament, which is not able not hold a session. The reason for this is the ruling majority, which faces many divisions and regroups. First, the LDP MPs announced that they would act independently,...

Macedonia 23.02.21 | 15:48

Mickoski: This Government no longer has the support of the citizens, all parties need to join together and vote it out

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski called on all parties in the Parliament to support his initiative for the creation of a new, technical Government, in light of the persistent failings of the Zaev regime. The latest blow – the escape of former security chief Saso Mijalkov as he was about...

Macedonia 22.02.21 | 14:33

Zaev disappointed in LDP for leaving his group in Parliament, but claims that the Government will survive

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev expressed his disappointment in the Liberal Democratic Party, which decided to leave the joint group in Parliament. LDP insists that it will still support Zaev’s Government, which badly needs the two LDP votes in Parliament, but Zaev protested that the decision comes at...

Macedonia 22.02.21 | 09:32

Trouble in the coalition – LDP will withdraw its two representatives from the SDSM led group in the Parliament

The Liberal Democratic Party will leave the SDSM led group in Parliament and its two representatives will act independently, but will continue to support the Zaev Government. The small party announced that the decision to leave the group was made in August of last year, but that it took a while to have...

Macedonia 12.02.21 | 12:01

Members of Parliament from VMRO-DPMNE express their support for party leader Mickoski

The VMRO-DPMNE group in Parliament expressed its support to party leader Hristijan Mickoski, after a group linked to former security chief Saso Mijalkov made another attempt to cause divisions in the party. Mijalkov’s group, in apparent coordination with SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, announced that it...

Macedonia 11.02.21 | 12:53

Ivanov testified in the April 2017 trial, said he was not preparing to declare a state of emergency at the time

Former President Gjorge Ivanov testified today in the trial over the April 2017 incident in the Parliament. Ivanov dismissed claims that he was preparing to declare a state of emergency in the run up to the storming of the Parliament, which was a frequent conspiracy theory spread at the time. It was...

Macedonia 10.02.21 | 11:24

Parliament moves to have the imposed name “North Macedonia” printed on the passports starting in July

A Macedonian Parliament committee approved a draft bill that sets the date for issuing passports with the imposed name “North Macedonia” starting with July 2021. The move comes after several visits to Athens by officials of the Zaev regime, and demands from Greece that Macedonia steps up...

Macedonia 09.02.21 | 15:35

Mickoski says that the extent of the fractures in the ruling coalition will soon be known

Asked by the press about the balance of power in the Parliament, opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski said that it will soon be clear whether representatives from the ruling coalition join the opposition. Mickoski announced that members of Parliament who support Zaev’s very narrow majority (62...

Macedonia 03.02.21 | 22:42

Dimitrov accused of giving away the term “Macedonian” to Bulgaria and Greece

During the discussion in the Parliament over the proposed vote of no confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Antonio Milososki from VMRO-DPMNE accused Dimitrov of giving away the identity designation “Macedonian” to neighboring countries. Only in the past ten days we were informed...

Macedonia 28.01.21 | 13:00

Speaker Xhaferi refuses to identify member of Parliament who is allegedly hiding a rape conviction

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi refused media inquiries after VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Antonio Milososki revealed that one of the members of Parliament from the ruling majority is a convicted rapist. Milososki did not reveal the name of the person, but media outlets have quickly focused on one...

Macedonia 21.01.21 | 12:05

Government to push through census law, even by force if necessary, the opposition will annul it

Today, the government will make a new attempt to pass the census law that has divided the public and the parties. Everyone agrees that there should be a census, but the question is what kind of census? Certainly not as the government has in mind where everyone should be counted – people living...

Macedonia 18.01.21 | 20:02

Their majority depleted due to the epidemic, SDSM and DUI are unable to convene the Parliament

The Parliament was unable to hold a session today as two members of the thin SDSM – DUI majority are being tested for coronavirus. Opposition representatives did not help the majority provide a quorum, in line with their position that they will only do so when the issue favors the country as a...

Macedonia 12.01.21 | 10:00

Parliament will vote on the electoral and anti-discrimination commissions

The Parliament is due to vote on new heads and members of the State Electoral Commission (SEC) and the Anti-Discrimination Commission. So far only VMRO-DPMNE announced its candidate for the SEC – professor Aleksandar Dastevski who was previously head of the Anti-Discrimination Commission. Traditionally,...

Macedonia 28.12.20 | 12:05

Parliament Committee approves purchase of armored vehicles from the US

The Parliament Defense Committee approved the propsoal to purchase light armored vehicles from the US. The procurement is estimated at 15 million USD, for a total of 151 Oshkosh and Stryker jeep and APC style vehicles. As a new NATO member, Macedonia was under pressure from the outgoing Trump administration...

Macedonia Economy 25.12.20 | 21:58

Second evening of filibustering the Parliament to prevent Zaev’s Makpetrol deal

VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament are preparing for a second night of filibustering in the Parliament, as the SDSM led majority is trying to adopt a law that would give a huge windfall to the Makpetrol oil company. The Zaev regime reached a settlement with Makpetrol in the decade and a half long dispute...

Macedonia 25.12.20 | 19:05

SDSM expected to make another push for its corrupt Makpetrol law

The SDSM led majority in Parliament will make another attempt to adopt an openly corrupt law that would hand over 33 million EUR to the Makpetrol oil company. An attempt on Thursday evening failed, when VMRO members of Parliament filibustered the work of the Parliament, with long speeches and loud shouting. The...

Macedonia 25.12.20 | 10:28

VMRO-DPMNE succeeded in its efforts to interrupt the session at which SDSM pushed to legalize the Zaev – Makpetrol deal and misuse 33 million euros of public money

The coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE’s group in Parliament Nikola Micevski addressed the journalists late Thursday after the Parliament’s 19 session and accused the government and the Parliament of non-transparency. Although they did not inform us about the continuation of the session after 6 pm...

Macedonia 24.12.20 | 22:55

Tensions rise in the Parliament as SDSM tries to push a corrupt late night vote

A tense situation is developing in the Parliament, where the ruling majority is trying to hold a late night vote on a law that would give a large settlement payment to Makpetrol – the company owning the largest chain of gas stations in the country. VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament have resorted...

Macedonia 16.12.20 | 14:23

VMRO representatives turn their back on Pendarovski

VMRO-DPMNE boycotted the annual address by President Stevo Pendarovski in the Parliament today, because of his positions toward Macedonian history and national identity. When Pendarovski took the podium, the opposition members of Parliament turned their backs on him and revealed signs denouncing Pendarovski...

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