- Thursday, March 01, 2018 1:38 PM
Skopje, 1 March 2018 (MIA) - Reports that VMRO-DPMNE has come to an agreement with the ruling parties over its return to the Parliament, in exchange for a release of those detained for the April 27 Parliament incidents are speculations, said leader Hristijan Mickovski on Thursday.
"There is absolutely no such thing. Of course, the political atmosphere in the country needs to relax and the opposition must be a part of this, but the Government is the one responsible for the democratic environment, as stated by representatives of the international community," Mickovski told reporters after a meeting with Economic Chamber of Macedonia (ECM) president Branko Azeski.
According to him, the Government is on the move, and VMRO-DPMNE stands ready as "constructive opposition in the citizens' interest".
Regarding yesterday's statement by Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi that debate on the amendments to the Law on the Use of Languages is not the solution, Mickovski reiterated that the law must be withdrawn.
"If someone means well to a certain nationality in Macedonia, the feelings of the other citizens need to be taken into consideration. People's feelings shouldn't be played with," he added.
Asked about Tuesday's protests defending the country's name, Mickovski said his party supported the constitutional right of anyone, regardless of the political affiliation, to protest.
ECM president Azeski expressed hope they would continue to have dialogue on all issues in the interest of the business community.
"I expect VMRO-DPMNE to support in the Parliament all laws affecting the economic environment and the country's development," he said.
Mickovski said Macedonia has registered exceptionally poor economic results over the past nine months, reflected by a drop in foreign investments and the industrial production, but also by lack of vision and creativity for their improvement. ik/13:36
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