Bilingualism raises tensions in North Macedonia, Albanians do not want changes

Bilingualism raises tensions in North Macedonia, Albanians do not want changes
 
 The law on the use of the Albanian language has sparked controversy in northern Macedonia following the Venice Commission's assessment of its temporary suspension. The ruling DUI leader Ali Ahmeti asks for this law to not be misused for political purposes.

 "It is a law deriving from the Ohrid peace agreement itself, as a document of particular importance with international guarantees, supported by Europe, America, NATO. And of course, is sent to the Venice Commission for an opinion, and we appreciate the opinions that have been given by this commission," said Ali Ahmeti in an interview.

Speaker Talat Xhaferi has assured that the law cannot be changed without the will of the Albanians, because without the Albanian MPs the majority in the Assembly is not reached.

 "Essentially it should be borne in mind that there are a set of laws that are not only dependent on the general majority, but need a double majority, a set of laws that includes the law on the use of languages, which means that apart from the general majority, there should be a double majority as well,” said the Speaker of the Parliament of Northern Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi.

A few days ago, the Venice Commission published remarks and recommendations on the law on the use of languages. One of the suggestions concerns the temporary suspension of language use in the judiciary.
Bilingualism raises tensions in North Macedonia, Albanians do not want changes Bilingualism raises tensions in North Macedonia, Albanians do not want changes Thursday, December 12, 2019 Rating: 5
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