- Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:07 PM
Skopje, 7 February 2017 (MIA) - The situation in the Republic of Macedonia is ripe for new snap parliamentary polls, VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski said Tuesday in a meeting with the Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, Nina Suomalainen.
At the meeting, held at her request, Ambassador Suomalainen presented OSCE's report of activities in the country, VMRO-DPMNE said in a press release.
"As regards political developments in the country, the Ambassador said the OSCE Mission did not take sides and was not in a position to promote any political option represented by the parties," read the press release.
Asked whether a SDSM-fronted government would be acceptable for the party, VMRO-DPMNE responded that any party that would decide to form a coalition without the party overwhelmingly supported by the people in elections should be aware that it was making a decision to deal with issues in the future that were characteristic for situations in which the will of the majority of citizens was ignored.
To a remark that there were countries where the winning party was not part of a ruling coalition, it was responded that 'for more than ten years it is emphasized, from the inside and from the outside, that Macedonia is much different than other countries due to a special characteristic, i.e. multi-ethnicity, and in such cases, it is extremely important for the victor in the Macedonian bloc and the victor in the Albanian bloc to always form a coalition.'
"Now that VMRO-DPMNE is the winning party, this principle is being forgotten from the inside and the outside. Everybody must know that once the principle is broken, the process to mend it is irrevocable. The principle cannot be enforced only when needed, it won't be a principle then. If the principle is breached now, all those who will even think about coming and trying to convince us to re-introduce the principle should know that they will be thrown out of the party headquarters. Then, the party will make a coalition with whomever it deems it is best for the party and the country to form a coalition, which is the case in other countries," stated the press release.
At the same time, it was elaborated that in the past, VMRO-DPMNE had been able in certain situations to form a government on its own without a coalition partner or to negotiate and reach a coalition deal with a smaller Albanian party after making a more favorable coalition agreement.
As regards the issue over amendments to language use legislation, it was stated that VMRO-DPMNE didn't agree with the introduction of bilingualism all over Macedonia. "The party has nothing against the Albanian language or the Albanian community in Macedonia, however it does not reflect the demographic reality in Macedonia having in mind the number of Macedonians, Albanians, etc, and the geographical concentration of inhabitants of Albanian nationality."
Elaborating the question when it would be the best time to organize parliamentary elections, the party said that from an economic perspective, i.e. election costs, the new snap polls could coincide with the upcoming local elections. "The matter could also be mulled by the parties unless there is political will, instead of fear and rejection as demonstrated by SDSM," the press release said.
It was jointly concluded in the meeting that OSCE in the past had provided assistance to Macedonia through many projects, according to the press release. ba/16:05
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