Monthly Archives: October 2023

PM Kovacevski: No Danger of Constitutional Crisis

Commenting on opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski’s comments that if the presidential and parliamentary elections are not held simultaneously next year, the presidential election process threshold will be uncertain, which will result in a repeat of procedures, PM Dimitar Kovacevski has said there is no danger of a constitutional crisis. According to the PM, Parliament has all competences to schedule elections. ...

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Israel Situation: Kovacevski Adamant Crisis Staff Doing Everything

Regarding the Israel situation, PM Dimitar Kovacevski is adamant that the Foreign Ministry’s Crisis Staff is doing everything to rescue all nationals of North Macedonia. “Part of citizens, around 50, have been located. There are still ones with whom contact hasn’t been established. Work on that and on them leaving Israel and safely returning home is underway,” he points out. ...

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Rule of Law among Topics Discussed at Parliamentary Committee Debate

Governance in the function of citizens is impossible without consistent separation of powers, efficiently fighting corruption, and human rights protection, it was said at Monday’s debate at Parliament’s Committee on European Affairs, in the frames of the National Development Strategy. Deputy PM Bojan Maricic said that the rule of law was a key part on the integration path. According to ...

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Justice Ministry Responds to Blueprint Group’s Decision

The Justice Ministry has voiced a stand on the Blueprint Group for Judicial Reform’s decision to leave the working group for the new criminal code. As the institution said on Monday, the group is independent in its work and so far, no pressure has been exerted over any provision on the body’s head or members. “Regarding Blueprint’s stand, we consider ...

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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Osmani Meets Turkmenistan’s Meredov

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Bujar Osmani, in the frames of his visit to Turkmenistan, met with the country’s Foreign Minister, Rashid Meredov. They discussed OSCE-related topics of common interest, as well as regional affairs concerning Turkmenistan and the wider OSCE region. The Central Asia region is affected also by the economic and social instability in Afghanistan, which is another situation for which ...

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Games of Chance Draft-Law Criticised by Associations

According to the Association of Organisers of Games of Chance and the Association of Sports Betting Shops, the changes to the games of chance law will result in domestic betting shops and slot machine clubs closing up shop. At a protest on Monday, the Associations’ representatives pointed out that if legal casinos were shut down, illegal ones would be opened ...

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Kovacevski and Mickoski still Divided over Issue of Need for Leaders’ Meeting

PM Dimitar Kovacevski and VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski are still far from finding common ground. The former said on Saturday a leaders’ meeting was not needed because there were laws with regards to election processes. According to him, though institutions cannot be ignored and parties can discuss topics over which laws exist at a leaders’ meeting, too, that can be ...

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Xhaferi: Potential Option is not Holding Elections on a Sunday

According to Parliament Speaker Xhaferi, who needs to schedule both election processes, a potential option is them not being held on a Sunday. As he said, North Macedonia’s laws and Constitution don’t say that an election process has to be scheduled that day of the week. Xhaferi doesn’t support an option for parliamentary elections prior to 5 May because that ...

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Domestic Reactions to Israel-Related Developments

On Saturday, North Macedonia’s Foreign Ministry called on nationals of North Macedonia to comply with instructions by security authorities. PM Dimitar Kovacevski and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani were among those who condemned the attacks by Hamas. “I strongly condemn violent attacks by group Hamas on Israel. Extending our full solidarity with Israel; these acts of terror must stop immediately,” the ...

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Granada: EU Leaders Say Enlargement is Geostrategic Investment in Peace

At the meeting in Granada, which ended on Friday, EU leaders said enlargement was a geostrategic investment in peace, security, stability, and prosperity. “It is a driver for improving the economic and social conditions of European citizens, reducing disparities between countries, and must foster the values on which the Union is founded,” it is added in the Declaration. However, 2030 ...

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