Interview

Interview with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov

Macedonia Doesn’t Give in to Blackmail

The President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov thanked Hungary and the Visegrad Group for the support they gave his country to cope with the migration crisis. The President discussed the country’s internal crisis too, which is further deepened by the social democrats, the political activities of the NGOs and the Albanian interference.

How do you see the possible outcome, solutions of the current political situation in Macedonia?

The Republic of Macedonia is in a deep political crisis for already two and a half years. The early parliamentary elections held on December 11, 2016, were to be the beginning of the way out of the political crisis.

According to the Constitution and established practice, I confided the mandate for constitution of the government to the political party VMRO-DPMNE which won the highest number of MPs. Following the expiry of the foreseen deadline of 20 days, a parliamentary majority was not formed, which meant that Article 90 of the Constitution was exhausted.

In such a situation, taking into account the practice established in 1992 by former President Kiro Gligorov, I invited the leaders of all parliamentary parties to consultations. At the consultations, I told them that the mandate to constitute a new government will be given to the party or coalition that will inform me and prove it has secured a majority in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia within 10 days as set forth in the Constitution.

Unfortunately, at the request of the ethnic Albanian parties in Macedonia, as a matter of discussions and deals between the parliamentary parties to secure a majority, a platform was imposed. The platform was agreed in Tirana, Albania, with the mediation of the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. This platform brings the Republic of Macedonia in a position of subordination and it threatens its sovereignty and independence. It is a post-election platform, for which the citizens had not an opportunity to express their opinion at the early parliamentary elections, and which calls into question the fundamental national interests of the Republic of Macedonia and its citizens.

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How do you evaluate the threat which the Albanian efforts mean?

Some of the requirements of the parties of the Albanian political bloc are in conflict with the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia and do not correspond with the real situation in the Republic of Macedonia.

The Republic of Macedonia, on December 11, conducted fair and democratic elections, which were unanimously praised by the international community. But instead of getting out of the crisis, it further deepened. The main reason is precisely the Tirana Platform, which has become a condition for forming a government.

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Read the full interview in English or in Hungarian on Magyar Hírlap Online!

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