Tag: parliament
Macedonia 28.01.24 | 20:18

Talat Xhaferi appointed as first Albanian Prime Minister of Macedonia

The SDSM – DUI majority in the Macedonian Parliament today elected Talat Xhaferi from DUI as interim Prime Minister, who will lead a caretaker Government in the next 100 days. Xhaferi, former terrorist commander in the NLA/UCK group during the 2001 war, is the first ethnic Albanian appointed Prime...

Macedonia 01.10.23 | 22:25

VMRO-DPMNE will boycott the work of the Parliament if the EU flag procedure is violated once again

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski announced that the party will withdraw from the work in Parliament if the ruling majority attempts to violate the procedures once again. The Government is trying to pass a law on amnesty for a large number of convicts, in an apparent attempt to buy their support...

Macedonia 29.09.23 | 18:35

The Parliament is deliberating the decision regarding the redistribution of funds among recipients in the budge

On Friday, the 126th session of Parliament resumed with discussions revolving around the draft decision concerning the redistribution of funds among beneficiaries of the budget. Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi provided an in-depth explanation of the decision, emphasizing its primary objective: to address...

Macedonia 12.09.23 | 14:18

Roth: Constitutional changes may be painful, but are necessary

The constitutional changes may be painful, but they are necessary, and therefore I would like to encourage my distinguished colleagues here in the Parliament, and also the Government, to do their utmost best to bring the country back on the European track, German Bundestag Foreign Policy Committee chairman...

Macedonia 06.09.23 | 22:54

Parliament promptly adopts changes to the Criminal Code, slashes penalties for abuse of office

The Parliament today expressly adopted changes to the Criminal Code that will greatly reduce prison terms for abuse of office. The proposal was made by the ruling coalition, using the EU flag procedure that cuts short the debate and prevents filibustering. 48 representatives from the majority voted in...

Macedonia 05.09.23 | 15:25

VMRO-DPMNE MPs asked for parliamentary commission of inquiry on the Oncology Clinic scandal

The Macedonian Parliament accepted on Tuesday VMRO-DPMNE’s proposal for forming a commission of inquiry to establish a political responsibility of the political and health officials following the scandal in the University Clinic of Radiotherapy and Oncology. Twenty VMRO-DPMNE MPs submitted the...

Macedonia 05.09.23 | 14:05

Xhaferi: I am not obliged to call for continuation of the 123rd session, even if 20 MPs require it

The option for 20 MPs to call a new parliamentary session does not present an obligation for the Speaker to do so, the Parliamentary Speaker Talat Xhaferi responded at the beginning of Tuesday’s 125th session to the VMRO-DPMNE MP Dafina Stojanovska request to call a continuation of the 123rd session...

Macedonia 01.09.23 | 12:25

Veljanovski: According to the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, the deadline for voting on the constitutional amendments is September 1

A basic rule, established in the practice, is to have a 2/3 majority secured prior to initiating constitutional amendments, the former parliament speaker Trajko Veljanovski explained on Friday. He added that in accordance with Article 196, Item 1 of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia’s...

Macedonia 24.08.23 | 21:35

Bozinovski: There is no way to force VMRO MPs to vote for the amendments, elections are the most likely option

Political commentator and polling expert Vladimir Bozinovski believes that there is no chance to peel off members of Parliament from VMRO-DPMNE and get them to support the Bulgarian amendments to the Constitution. It should never have come to this. We all kept warning about this, it was clear even to...

Macedonia 21.08.23 | 17:18

After the failure with the Bulgarian amendments, Parliament could reconvene as late as September

The majority in the Macedonian Parliament today decided to extend their vacation until early September. This comes after the failure of the majority in the attempt to adopt the constitutional amendments that Bulgaria requires from Macedonia. Today, only two press conferences were held in the Parliament...

Macedonia 21.08.23 | 12:37

The MPs are in no hurry to complete the constitutional amendments – they continued their vacation until the end of August

After Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi abruptly and illegally paused Friday’s plenary session dedicated to the need to amend the Constitution after the completion of the general debate, there are no new sessions or any activities scheduled until the last week of August. This was agreed at the coordination...

Macedonia 21.08.23 | 12:19

Will the MPs vote against their interests? The Trade Unions submitted a proposal for reducing the elected officials’ salaries

The Association of Trade Unions of Macedonia submitted a proposal to the Parliament for reducing the elected officials’ salaries, which suggests that, instead of the current 78% raise, the officials should be paid by the same General Collective Agreement, that is, an average salary in the country,...

Macedonia 18.08.23 | 14:54

The ruling coalition has only 70 MP votes for the constitutional amendments, Friday voting revealed

Only 70 MPs voted for Friday’s Parliamentary session agenda, which had only one item – the need to amend the Constitution. 47 MPs voted against it. The debate may last for days, but no more than 10, as it is stipulated in the Procedures Rules. At the end of the debate, the Speaker may call...

Macedonia 18.08.23 | 11:58

The voting on the daily agenda will reveal that the ruling coalition doesn’t have the 2/3 majority

The Macedonian parliament on Friday is scheduled to hold a plenary session with only one item on the agenda: voting on the need to open the Constitution. In a statement given to Republika, sources from VMRO-DPMNE say that it is more than clear that the ruling parties don’t have the necessary majority...

Macedonia 17.08.23 | 14:54

MoFA Osmani in a letter to the MPs begs them to include the Bulgars to the Constitution

Ahead of Friday’s session of Parliament on the constitutional amendments, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani addressed the MPs in an open letter Thursday, stating that their decision will determine whether the country will continue negotiations or bring them to a long-lasting standstill without...

Macedonia 12.08.23 | 14:19

Fresh start for the little watched Parliament TV channel

The Parliament is preparing changes to its little watched TV channel. Speaker Talat Xhaferi said that, with help from international organizations, the so called Parliament Channel will hire more staff, and begin broadcasting program from the European Parliament and educational materials. The channel...

Macedonia 30.07.23 | 08:47

The ruling majority admits they don’t have votes to amend the Constitution

The ruling majority is completely off key – it insisted that it has the votes to amend the Constitution, but today Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani admitted that they are eight votes short, said the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party in a statement. Osmani’s acknowledgement, made at a press briefing,...

Macedonia 29.07.23 | 20:10

Osmani admits that the Government is eight votes short

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani acknowledged that the DUI – SDSM regime is eight votes short from amending the Constitution in line with the Bulgarian demands. During a press briefing, Osmani welcomed the start of the process in the Parliament, but acknowledged that the votes are not there. This...

Macedonia 28.07.23 | 17:59

Xhaferi: If the opposition wants early elections, it should submit a request to the Parliament

The Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said on Friday that if the opposition wants early elections, it should submit a request to the Parliament, and he would convene a session immediately. “I won’t stand in the way should ass the parliamentary procedure”, Xhaferi said. of the MPs will,...

Macedonia 27.07.23 | 13:09

The parliament session on constitutional amendments will start on August 18 – no one knows when it will end

The plenary session of the Macedonian Parliament on the constitutional amendments will start on August 18 and should last for ten days. The voting is not linked to the last day of the session – that is according to Parliament Rule Book, Chairman Xhaferi claims. “The act of voting is not...

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