Opposition in Macedonia ends boycott, returns to parliament

Main opposition party in Macedonia SDSM returns to Macedonian parliament after 15 months

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Zoran Zaev the leader of the opposition social democrats, rises his fist during a protest in front of the Government building in Skopje, Macedonia

Leadership of the Macedonian main opposition party, Socialist Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) ended their boycott and returned to Macedonian Parliament on Tuesday in accordance with Przino agreement to reduce the tension and end political crisis.

SDSM deputies in the parliament were not attending at all to any work of assembly and that SDSM leader Zoran Zaev said they will not recognise results of elections held in April of 2014 before that happens.

According to the Przino agreement that was decided on June 2 and signed on June 15 by leaders of the four biggest political parties, a new special prosecutor should have been appointed by Sept. 15 with full autonomy to lead the investigation for the case of "Tapping" and "Coup.”

The special prosecutor will be named by agreement of signatories of parties.

The opposition MPs were boycotting the parliament since May 27, 2014.

The SDSM also boycotted the parliament three years ago when their deputies and journalists were thrown out from the parliament on Dec. 24, 2012 - a day which has since been called “Black Monday.”

After the decision of returning to the parliament, opposition leader Zaev referred to the Przino agreement.

"The first obligation is to choose a special prosecutor until September 15 accordance that constitution and regulations will ensure the rule of law, and will take materials from wiretapping and necessary actions for the acts resulting from them. It must be realized. Otherwise the contract will not be valid," said Zaev on Tuesday in Skopje at a press conference.

Zaev avoided answering questions such as whether the agreement will not be implemented by governing party in case they boycott the parliament again.

He said that they won’t let a “new napkin agreement” and “opposition won’t give a chance for any newthe  electoral fraud.”

At the moment, working groups are focusing to harmonise the legal framework in which the special prosecutor will operate. Zaev stressed that main objective is to assure the autonomy of the prosecutor as guaranteed by a contract.

“Unless the special prosecutor does not choose the materials that we also embrace, we do not know who else  to give and we must continue to share with the public,” Zaev said.

Zaev reminded that transitional government should be chosen by Oct. 20 and because of this opposition MPs will return to parliament to make necessary cahnges in legislative, judiciary, and electoral legislations.

Moreover Zaev said the current Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski should resign for elections to be fair. Gruevski, according to the agreement will resign 100 days before the elections.

“We reached agreement in which SDSM will return to the Parliament on September 1. As system solution to the system and for the parliamentary elections, 100 days before every general election the government will withdraw and will form a new government to conduct elections,” Gruevski said on July 15 over the agreement.

“Returning of opposition to the parliament, SDSM reaffirms the commitment to overcome the political crisis, to resettle the democratic process and to normalise the country. These are objectives that will not recede. Under any circumstances, we will achieve what we promised," said Zaev.




TRTWorld and agencies