Macedonian opposition against constitutional changes; seeking elections

Macedonian opposition against constitutional changes; seeking elections

 The Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will start the consultations with political parties on Tuesday regarding the voting on constitutional changes in the Assembly for the implementation of the agreement with Greece.

The Talks will include all parties, both opposition VMRO DPMNE and the Albanian political parties, in order to secure two-thirds or 80 votes in the Assembly, which the parliamentary majority does not have.

Most parliamentarians have currently 72 MPs, but this majority is controversial based on the views of two small Albanian opposition parties, which have four MPs that even before the referendum have announced that constitutional changes may condition the advancement of legal status of Albanians by amending some amendments relating to the preamble and the Albanian language.

The announcement of the head of the government comes after the referendum, which though not exceeded the 50 percent threshold, is considered successful by the coalition "For European Macedonia".

Zaev said the absolute majority of Macedonian citizens or about 600,000 people who have come to the referendum have voted for the deal, which represents the biggest support ever having ever come to a coalition in election cycles.

But the opposition leader Hristijan Mickovski pretends that the referendum has failed, and even in a post on the social network Facebook, considered as a "dead deal" that of with Greece, while accusing the authorities of falsifying at least 50,000 votes.

Regarding the constitutional changes, Mickovski told the Macedonian media that no MP from VMRO-DPMNE would vote for Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's request and even demanded that this be done by other MPs in the Assembly. Mickovski has said that VMRO is ready for early elections, but only if its conditions are met in advance.

"We seek the irrevocable resignation of the General Prosecutor and the election of a new prosecutor with an opposition proposal, the election of a new technical government with the participation of VMRO under the Perzhine Agreement, as it has been established by the law approved in the Assembly, which will only have the mandate to organize the elections," Mickovski said.

The Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has said that if the support for constitutional changes is not achieved, then the elections would be inevitable, and even mentioned November 25 the date for their holding.

Meanwhile, the Mcedonian President Gjorge Ivanov wants of who is responsible of the relating to the failure of the referendum in a statement to the public. Ivanov demanded respect for the people's decision, which, according to him, "rejected the name dispute".

The head of state also sent a message to the international community, which, according to him, is mixing in the internal affairs of Macedonia, demanding not to impose solutions contrary to the will of the people.
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