Constitutional Issues Committee adopts 2nd, 3rd and 4th draft Amendment

On Friday, the Parliament’s Constitutional Issues Committee adopted the text of the second draft amendment, according to which ASNOM’s decisions in the Constitution will be replaced with the Proclamation. The Ohrid Framework Agreement, too, is becoming part of the Constitution. At the session, VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs criticised the text, whereas SDSM considers that there is nothing problem with the inclusion of the Agreement because it’s already contained in 14 changes. According to the ruling coalition MPs, it’s not true that the state’s constitutional-legal continuity is being lost. FM Nikola Dimitrov urged MPs not to have suspicions about the content of the amendments.  The following day, the Committee, with 10 votes in favour and two against, adopted also the third draft amendment, with which Macedonia obliges itself to respect the neighbouring countries’ sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence. According to the opposition, that is unnecessary, considering it guarantees the sovereignty in the Constitution and has never had territorial aspirations. However, SDSM considers that VMRO-DPMNE’s rule has in fact imposed the demand from Greece to put an end to the political rhetoric of territorial aspirations. On Sunday, the Committee adopted the fourth and final draft amendment.