Parliament Filibuster continues
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tuesday's debate in the Macedonian Parliament on the Committee of Elections and Appointments continued as in the previous 10 days, with lengthy discussions on the controversial Tirana platform and with an effective filibuster of further proceedings.

SDSM again demanded that the debate moves forward to the next item of the agenda - the election of a new Parliament Speaker, under article 78 of the rules. VMRO-DPMNE responded that article 80 says that all 50 members of Parliament who asked to speak on the current item must first finish their discussions. At this rate, the debate could last for months, considering that only several representatives completed their remarks.

Discussions focused on the Tirana platform, with Surija Rashidi from the Alliance of Albanians, one of the signatories of the platform, saying that it represents the will of ethnic Albanians who live in Macedonia and will need to be implemented. Rashidi asked VMRO-DPMNE representatives to end their filibuster and move out of the way of the formation of a new Government that would implement the demands for full official use of the Albanian language and a number of other changes that include new national emblems.

VMRO-DPMNE's Antonio Miloshoski responded that ethnic Macedonians who supported SDSM did not know that after the elections the party will accept a document like the Tirana platform and were in effect fooled, making it necessary to hold a new general election. Miloshoski said that Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who helped draft the Tirana platform, did so probably guided by the desire to improve his own election odds in Albania, but meanwhile caused major damage to inter-ethnic relations in Macedonia.


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