Pardon Draft-Law Submitted to Parliament

Both opposition and SDSM MPs have claimed they haven’t seen the Pardon Draft-Law, which has been submitted to Parliament in the shortened procedure.

Snezana Kaleska-Vanceva, MP from the ruling party, told the Top Tema (Top Topic) show on Telma on Monday that not only had she and her fellow SDSM parliamentarians not seen the text, but also they were yet to build a position on how they would vote.

However, the following day, PM Dimitar Kovacevski said the Draft-Law had been sent to all Parliamentary Groups. Regarding Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski’s stands, the PM said that though he understood his points, the law was the same as the one in 2018, which had received consensual support.

The same day, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski, regarding Spasovski’s position, stated that the Interior Minister had two options.

“The first is, if he disagrees, leaving the Government. The second is stopping the theatrics and being silent and accepting that those covered by the law are notorious criminals, people who were part of trafficking in illegal substances, also known as drug dealers, people that were part of money laundering, extortion, violence activities et cetera,” he noted.