Tag: parliament
Macedonia 04.09.20 | 10:57

Parliament divided along political lines over whether online voting should be allowed

Sitel TV reports that there is a major rift in the Parliament, as the slim ruling majority insists on holding future sessions online, while the opposition demands they are held in person, as provided in the Constitution. SDSM, DUI, BESA and DPA have a majority of just 62 votes, and will not be able to...

Macedonia 03.09.20 | 15:27

The Constitution does not allow members of Parliament to vote from home

According to the Constitution, the plan to have the Parliament work online, with representatives voting from home, is not possible. The SDSM – DUI led majority is trying to change the rules of the Parliament citing the coronavirus as a reason, but as VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Antonio Milososki...

Macedonia 30.08.20 | 23:35

Member of Parliament tested positive on the coronavirus, will still be allowed to vote for the Zaev Government

Kurir reports that a member of Parliament from DUI tested positive on the coronavirus. Given the extremely thin majority SDSM and DUI hope to have in the Parliament, for tonight’s vote on the new Government, a special protocol will be put in place to allow the representative to vote from a separate...

Macedonia 30.08.20 | 09:54

Parliament resumes debate, will vote on the proposed Government before midnight

After a day of debates, today at noon the Parliament is set to resume its session meant to vote on the Government proposed by Zoran Zaev and his SDSM – DUI – BESA – DPA coalition. On paper, the coalition has 62 votes, one more than the bare minimum needed to elect a Government. The...

Macedonia 29.08.20 | 21:07

Parliament session will resume tomorrow, vote on Zaev’s Government no later than midnight

The Parliament dissolved for today and will resume the discussion on the proposed Government tomorrow. The vote needs to take place no later than midnight. During the discussion today, Zoran Zaev presented the program for his next Government, promising a steep hike in the minimum wage and economic prosperity,...

Macedonia 29.08.20 | 12:00

Zaev nominated only four women in the 19 strong cabinet

With  just four women out of 19 members, the proposed new Government shows that we badly need quotas for gender equality in the public sector, said Daniela Antonovska,  a gender equality expert interviewed by the MIA news agency. Besides Radmila Sekerinska, who holds the department of defense, all...

Macedonia 27.08.20 | 22:35

VMRO gives up its Deputy Speaker of Parliament, pressure now on SDSM to do the same

VMRO-DPMNE Secretary General Igor Janusev said that the party will give up its Deputy Speaker of Parliament, in an attempt to reduce the costly expansion of this position. The SDSM – DUI led majority proposed five deputy speakers, even though the standard over the past decade was to have three...

Macedonia 27.08.20 | 13:36

Court summons member of Parliament who helped provoke the April 2017 incident by singing the Albanian anthem

The court agreed to summon member of Parliament Zekirija Ibrahimi as a witness in the April 2017 incident trial. Ibrahimi sang the Albanian national anthem from the pulpit which greatly contributed to rile up the thousands of protesters outside of the building, who later stormed the Parliament. The protesters...

Macedonia 27.08.20 | 10:24

Milososki – Short deadlines prevent the Parliament from debating the new Government proposal

This Parliament is left with the shortest possible deadline to discuss the new Government proposal in recent history, said VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Antonio Milososki. SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev submitted the proposed members and program of the new Government to the Parliament on Wedneday, and...

Macedonia 27.08.20 | 10:12

Parliament will vote on Zaev’s Government on Saturday

The Parliament will hold a session to vote on the new Government proposed by Zoran Zaev on Saturday. Zaev hopes that his coalition made up of SDSM, DUI, BESA and DPA will have the necessary 61 votes – on paper it holds 62, and the rebellious DUI members of Parliament have said they will support...

Macedonia 26.08.20 | 15:02

Former Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski testified how the April 2017 incident was provoked

During the trial on the April 2017 incident in the Parliament, former Speaker Trajko Veljanoski presented his version of events on the day when protesters stormed the building as SDSM and DUI held an irregular vote to elect a new Speaker. Veljanoski said that the incident was clearly provoked by SDSM...

Macedonia 26.08.20 | 12:15

Zaev submits his new Government proposal to the Parliament

SDSM party leader zoran Zaev today submitted the proposed list of new Government members and program to the Parliament. Flanked by most new nominees, Zaev said that his Government will fight corruption and implement the treaties he signed with Greece and Bulgaria. That is the cornerstone allowing us...

Macedonia 26.08.20 | 10:12

Parliament majority worked until after midnight to approve new representatives

Working for more than 12 hours and well past midnight – in violation of the house rules – the narrow majority in Parliament approved the mandates of several new members. They are voted in to replace members of Parliament who are tapped to join the Government, and in one case – to replace...

Macedonia 26.08.20 | 10:02

Zaev expected to submit his proposal for a new Government to the Parliament

SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev is expected to nominate his new Government to the Parliament today at 11h. Zaev, who has a week left to submit a proposal, postponed the decision until the Parliament determined the number of deputy speakers and confirmed the mandates of new members of Parliament who are...

Macedonia 25.08.20 | 22:05

VMRO and other parties walked out of the Parliament after SDSM and DUI violated the rules

VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament and those from several other parties withdrew from the institution today after the representatives of the ruling majority violated the rules. SDSM members of Parliament were voting to accept the resignations of three of their members of Parliament – Zoran Zaev,...

Macedonia 25.08.20 | 11:20

Veljanoski: There is no justification to having five deputy speakers of Parliament

According to former Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski, there is no justification for the planned increase in the number of deputy speakers of Parliament. The Parliament is set to vote on this today, with a proposal to have as many as five deputies to Speaker Talat Xhaferi. Since 2006 the Parliament...

Macedonia 24.08.20 | 21:48

Parliament will meet on Tuesday to determine the number of deputy speakers

Speaker Talat Xhaferi scheduled a session of Parliament for Tuesday at 11h, during which the parties would discuss how many deputy speakers they intend to elect. It’s expected that SDSM, VMRo-DPMNE and the coalition of Alliance of Albanians and Alternative will have deputy speakers, as DUI has...

Macedonia 23.08.20 | 08:32

Anti-Corruption Commission raises issue that could affect the vote on the new SDSM – DUI Government

A curious issue that could affect the formation of the next Government was raised by the state Anti-Corruption Commission (DKSK) yesterday. DKSK head Biljana Ivanovska said that it will be a conflict of interest if member of Parliament Florin Besimi votes to elect the next Government because it is expected...

Macedonia 21.08.20 | 10:34

Xhaferi convened the Parliament, SDSM and DUI will try to re-elect him as Speaker

After a day of uncertainty over whether SDSM and DUI can muster at least 61 votes needed to elect a Speaker of Parliament and a new Government, Speaker Talat Xhaferi today convened the Parliament. On the agenda will be a proposal to re-elect Xhaferi as Speaker, which is signed by all 62 members of the...

Macedonia 21.08.20 | 09:41

Still unclear whether SDSM and DUI will try to convene the Parliament today

It’s still unclear whether the SDSM – DUI coalition will attempt to convene a session of Parliament today, after their failure to elect a new Speaker yesterday. The session planned for Thursday was called off amid an apparent rebellion in DUI, where members of Parliament are not satisfied...

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