Tag: PPO
Macedonia 16.02.20 | 20:46

Mickoski warns Zaev: Law or no law, you will be held accountable

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski told Zoran Zaev that he will not avoid being held accountable for his criminal actions, regardless of his move to ram a new law on state prosecutors through Parliament which will place Zaev loyalists in key positions in the judiciary and will ban the use of wiretaps...

Macedonia 16.02.20 | 20:10

A supplemental law crucial for the work of the judiciary was also adopted illegally

Besides the scandalous vote on the PPO law on state prosecutors, Speaker Talat Xhaferi made another enormous blunder today, during the vote on a law on Council of prosecutors. This law accompanies the major law on state prosecutors, and it was supposed to be adopted under the Badinter rule, with an additional...

Macedonia 16.02.20 | 19:39

Pendarovski ignored the scandalous vote and signed the PPO law

Despite the glaring illegal manner in which in was adopted, President Stevo Pendarovski quickly signed the PPO law on state prosecutors today. Pendarovski ignored calls from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party not to sign the law, that was adopted without broad consensus and was voted on twice – the...

Macedonia 16.02.20 | 17:18

Parliament rules state that the “do-over” vote was clearly illegal

The rules of Parliament clearly state that the events that transpired today are unlawful. The Parliament rejected the proposed PPO law on state prosecutors when only 74 representatives voted in favor. But, against the rules, Speaker Xhaferi put the law to a second vote when 80 representatives were in...

Macedonia 16.02.20 | 17:03

Zaev calls his supporters to a march to celebrate the law on state prosecutors

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev called on his supporters to march in downtown Skopje tomorrow to celebrate the imposition of a new law on state prosecutors through the Parliament today. The Parliament rejected the law, that would entrench Zaev loyalists as key prosecutors, but it was told to vote again and the...

Macedonia 16.02.20 | 15:14

VMRO: Democracy was trampled today, Pendarovski has not right to sign this law into force

VMRO-DPMNE representatives walked out of the Parliament hall following the scandalous events when the already rejected PPO law was put to a new vote. The opposition said that it considers the law invalid and that President Stevo Pendarovski has no right to sign it into force. Today we witnessed how democracy...

Macedonia 16.02.20 | 14:45

Scandal in the Parliament: Zaev’s law on state prosecutors was rejected, but was later declared adopted

The Parliament failed to approve the PPO law on state prosecutors today when only 74 representatives voted in favor, but in violation of parliamentary procedures, Speaker Talat Xhaferi ordered a repeat of the vote. It was then declared that 80 representatives were in favor, still short of the 81 votes...

Macedonia 16.02.20 | 11:01

Parliament set to begin its last session

Today at noon the Parliament is supposed to resume its final session, at the end of which it should vote to dissolve, at the last possible moment that would still allow holding elections on April 12. Before it dissolves, the ruling SDSM party demands a vote on its proposal for a new law on state prosecutors,...

Macedonia 15.02.20 | 16:51

Geroski: Good work proposing a law to protect yourselves from the consequences of your crimes

Journalist Branko Geroski, did much of the early reporting in the major Racket scandal, declared the proposed law on state prosecutors to be an attempt by the ruling SDSM party to secure impunity from prosecution. The law would entrench SDSM loyailsts as top prosecutors and would prevent the use of wiretaps...

Macedonia 15.02.20 | 16:06

Voting on the law on state prosecutors postponed for Sunday

The ruling majority in the Parliament did not try to put the controversial PPO law on state prosecutors to a vote. Shortly after beginning today’s session, Speaker Talat Xhaferi announced that the vote will take place on Sunday, and moved on to other items. The Parliament remained assembled even...

Macedonia 15.02.20 | 09:13

Even with the “Gang of eight”, SDSM couldn’t push their law through – Parliament meets again today

The Macedonian Parliament failed to hold a vote yesterday evening on the proposed PPO law on state prosecutors. The law requires 81 votes, and around 9 in the evening it became apparent that the ruling SDSM party doesn’t have the votes. The session was postponed for today at 13h as the Parliament...

Macedonia 14.02.20 | 15:07

Zaev says he sent a message to DUI to stop playing games in the Parliament

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev said that he expects the Parliament to dissolve in time for the elections to be held on April 12, but only after the PPO law on state prosecutors Zaev proposed is adopted. The Parliament can’t allow any games and the law must be debated and voted on. Maybe there will be a...

Macedonia 14.02.20 | 13:10

Deskoska refused to elaborate the PPO law before Parliament

Justice Minister Renata Deskoska refused the invitation to discuss the PPO law on state prosecutors she proposed before the Parliament. Her SDSM party is trying to speed the law through Parliament, and she said that debating it would allow the opposition to voice its objections and drag out the process. This...

Macedonia 13.02.20 | 16:45

PPO to take in SPO compromised staff under the new law

Associates of prosecutors, technical staff and the administration of the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) will be reassigned to other PPOs, as envisaged by the draft law on the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Article 24 states that: In the case of the abolition of the Public Prosecutor’s...

Macedonia 13.02.20 | 15:10

Parliament may meet this afternoon

Members of Parliament were invited to assemble at 15h, even though a session of Parliament is not scheduled yet. The Parliament was supposed to dissolve yesterday, in order to begin the procedure for early elections on April 12, but under strong pressure from the ruling SDSM party the move was postponed....

Macedonia 13.02.20 | 13:16

Spasovski admits that the PPO law is not a condition for EU accession talks

Interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski confirmed that the PPO law on state prosecutors, that his SDSM party demands is adopted immediately, is not a pre-condition for Macedonia’s EU accession. SDSM is delaying the dissolution of Parliament, and with that is endangering the early elections scheduled...

Macedonia 11.02.20 | 20:33

Mucunski: The law on state prosecutors violates European standards

VMRO-DPMNE official Timco Mucunski said that the PPO law on state prosecutors, such as it is proposed, will protect criminals from prosecution and violates basic European standards. We need to show that we adhere to European values, but the Parliament is faced with a law that clearly violates them. It...

Macedonia 11.02.20 | 00:01

New version of the PPO law put on fast track for adoption with a narrow vote of 63 in favor

The Parliament voted with 63 votes in favor of advancing the latest version of Zoran Zaev’s law on state prosecutors under an expedited procedure. Opposed to the motion were 32 members of Parliament. The draft PPO law will now be sent before the European Affairs Committtee of the Parliament for...

Macedonia 10.02.20 | 22:24

Parliament asked to reconvene for a new version of the PPO law, VMRO says it’s a forgery

After withdrawing the original version of the law on state prosecutors, a new session of Parliament is planned for later this evening, with a new version of the PPO law. It’s still unclear what is in the new text and if it will have the support of 81 votes, which is necessary to re-organize such...

Macedonia 10.02.20 | 21:42

Retreat: Zaev withdraws his law on state prosecutors

The Government beat a retreat on the law on state prosecutors this afternoon. After announcing it has the necessary 81 votes yesterday evening, and asking for a Parliament session this afternoon, the law was withdrawn. SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev, who put together a law that would ensure he doesn’t...

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