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Macedonia 17.02.20 | 14:48

Xhaferi defends his conduct during the scandalous last session of this Parliament

Talat Xhaferi acknowledged that he made a mistake during the final session of the Parliament, when he declared an ancillary law on state prosecutors as accepted without putting it through two votes. Still, Xhaferi insisted before the press that the law can be considered valid because the Badinter rule...

Macedonia 16.02.20 | 21:37

Elections officially set for April 12

A decision to hold the elections on April 12 was officially signed by Talat Xhaferi this evening, after the Parliament voted to dissolve. Due to pressure from the ruling SDSM party, the Parliament dissolved four days late, intruding into the 60 days deadline provided in the Constitution, which may affect...

Macedonia 14.02.20 | 12:22

Xhaferi asks SDSM to say if they’re serious about holding early elections

“We are not married”, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said in response to the threat from the ruling SDSM party that it may cancel its coalition with the DUI party. SDSM said it will kick DUI out of the coalition unless Xhaferi helps them adopt a law that would solidify SDSM’s control...

Macedonia 14.02.20 | 10:46

SDSM threatens DUI as the dissolution of Parliament grows more and more uncertain

The Parliament failed to hold a vote on any of the several laws that the ruling SDSM party is pushing as pre-condition before allowing it to dissolve and prepare the early general elections. A new session is expected to begin shortly today, as yesterday’s ended in acrimony and threats that SDSM...

Macedonia 12.02.20 | 18:12

Xhaferi won’t allow a vote to dissolve the Parliament just yet

Even though the constitutionally provided period of 60 days ahead of the elections begins today, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi refused to put the proposal to dissolve the Parliament to a vote. The opposition VMRO-DPMNE party made the motion, insisting that the Parliament must dissolve today in order...

Macedonia 10.02.20 | 16:45

Xhaferi says Parliament can be dissolved on February 16 at the latest

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said that he discussed the dissolution of Parliament with his office and was told that the latest Parliament can dissolve is February 16. This, Xhaferi said, would allow the elections to still be held on April 12. Parliament is supposed to dissolve on February 12, two...

Macedonia 05.02.20 | 12:44

Xhaferi says he can’t postpone the dissolution of Parliament

Speaker Talat Xhaferi rejected the idea of postponing the dissolution of Parliament while the election date is kept the same – April 12. This was one of the ideas raised by SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev, who opened the door to postpone the elections or to try and pressure a vote on his draft law...

Macedonia 15.01.20 | 20:54

Xhaferi tells Varhelyi he hopes Macedonia will open EU accession talks in March or May

This afternoon, the European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi met with the Macedonian Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi. In a press release issued by Xhaferi’s office, it is said that he expressed hope Macedonia will open its EU accession talks in March or May this year. Despite the grave...

Macedonia 03.01.20 | 10:55

Zaev’s resignation letter submitted to the Parliament

Zoran Zaev’s resignation letter was submitted to the Macedonian Parliament today. In it, he notifies Speaker Talat Xhaferi that he is resigning, and won’t use the option to elaborate his resignation before the Parliament. The letter will then be submitted to President Stevo Pendarovski, who...

Macedonia 02.01.20 | 10:27

DUI won’t rule out a coalition with VMRO-DPMNE

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said that the DUI party he comes from would be open to a coalition with VMRO-DPMNE following the elections in April. DUI has been in power for nearly all of its existence, since 2002 when it was formed from the ranks of the UCK/NLA Albanian terrorist group. It was in...

Macedonia 26.12.19 | 13:09

Xhaferi says it is not crucial that the new defense law is adopted before the elections

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said that it is not necessary for Macedonia to adopt a law on the army, if it wants to join NATO. In a press briefing, Xhaferi said that the NATO accession is proceeding regardless of the law. The law is one of the dozens that have clogged the work of the Parliament,...

Macedonia 22.12.19 | 12:04

Xhaferi says the Interim Prime Minister can be elected the same day Zaev resigns

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi says that it is possible a new interim Prime Minister to be elected on the same day when Zoran Zaev is expected to resign – January 3rd. Zaev’s Government is resigning as part of the 100 days rule, and the Parliament should then elect an Interim Prime Minister...

Macedonia 19.12.19 | 14:27

Xhaferi rejects SDSM request for speedy and unilateral changes to the Electoral Code

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi dismissed the idea of pushing the Election Code changes through an expedited procedure. Xhaferi’s DUI party bogged down the changes proposed unilaterally by its coalition partner SDSM, which aim to abolish the six electoral districts in favor of a single district. Despite...

Macedonia 05.12.19 | 12:21

Xhaferi forwards VMRO proposal for a quick NATO vote to the Government

Speaker Talat Xhaferi forwarded the proposal from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party to hold a vote on ratifying Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol to the Government. VMRO is proposing that the vote is held now, without waiting for Spain to complete the final ratification of the protocol, as any...

Macedonia 29.11.19 | 11:41

Ahmeti, Xhaferi and Osmani visit the earthquake hit sites in Albania

Ethnic Albanian political leaders from Macedonia went to the Albanian port city of Durres, which was hardest hit by the devastating earthquake on Tuesday morning. DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti and his officials Talat Xhaferi, Bujar Osmani and others met with Albanian President Ilir Meta at one of the sites...

Macedonia 27.11.19 | 12:11

Xhaferi expects Zaev to resign on January 3rd, as agreed, and tells him there is no time to change the electoral model

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said that he expects an interim government to be elected, as planned, on January 3rd. According to the agreement made between the main political parties, the outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will resign on January 3rd, making way for an interim Prime Minister from his...

Macedonia 30.10.19 | 12:25

Parliament will dissolve on February 11th, likely postponing the NATO ratification for after April

Speaker Talat Xhaferi announced that he will put the dissolution of Parliament to the vote on February 11th, after party leaders agreed to hold elections on April 12th. This means that this Parliament likely won’t vote to ratify the expected NATO accession of Macedonia. The ratification is stuck...

Macedonia 25.09.19 | 15:24

Ali Ahmeti takes his Deutsche Telekom case to the Supreme Court

DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti and his one time deputy Musa Xhaferi are suing the former spy chief Slobodan Bogoevski before the Supreme Court, demanding that he is held responsible for libel. Ahmeti and Xhaferi lost the case before the Appeals Court. Bogoevski revealed information about the 2005 Deutsche...

Macedonia 10.09.19 | 16:46

Xhaferi says the Parliament will be ready to act on whatever agreement the leaders reach this evening

In anticipation of the late evening meeting between the leaders of the two largest parties – Hristijan Mickoski (VMRO-DPMNE) and Zoran Zaev (SDSM), Speaker Talat Xhaferi said that he will be prepared to put any solution before Parliament as early as tomorrow. Xhaferi said that it is possible the...

Macedonia 24.07.19 | 11:51

Xhaferi intends to change Parliament rules without opposition approval to expand use of the Albanian language

Speaker Talat Xhaferi announced that he will propose amending the rules of the Parliament, a move that is usually done with consensus of all major parties, in order to expand the use of the Albanian language. This is proposed under the controversial law on the use of the Albanian language, which Zoran...

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