MPs Discuss New Government Proposal by PM-designate Zaev

On the first day of the 2-day Parliament session over the election of the new government, VMRO-DPMNE MP Aleksandar Nikolovski called the new government proposed by PM-designate Zoran Zaev illegitimate, and announced rallies all over the country until it is toppled. “This is a ruling alliance of lies and bribery, because it is based on one great electoral fraud with numerous cases of bribing voters in favour of the parties in power. They spoke about many things, but forgot to mention the possible veto on our entry in EU from Bulgaria due to unresolved historical disputes. Well, we shall not tolerate this. In the following days, you will see us in every city, in every town, in every village, standing next to the citizens who want better life but not over the cost of their dignity, not over the cost of their country’s name, history and sovereignty,” Nikolovski said. SDSM MP Damjan Mancevski replied to him. “I understand the nervousness among the MPs of VMRO-DPMNE, since their party faced three consecutive defeats in election cycles in our country. Do not underestimate the support of the people for this government. In 2016 we started 29th 60 MPs only, but a while later the ruling majority reached 80 MPs,” Mancevski said. After this, VMRO-DPMNE MP Rashela Mizrahi called out PM-designate Zoran Zaev about the signing of the Prespa Agreement. “The entire nation heard you on TV how you swear upon your life and the lives of your family that the name of Macedonia will not be changed as long as you rule, but today we witness a different reality,” Mizrahi told Zaev, who replied to her that she is promoting manipulative theses no one believes in anymore. “While we were resolving the crucial issues for our country, VMRO-DPMNE did nothing to act upon those issues. Thanks to our resolute policies, today we are Macedonians, living in North Macedonia, speaking the Macedonian language,” Zaev replied. On the second day of the debate, VMRO-DPMNE MPs Igor Janusev levelled criticism at Zaev and his proposal, saying that the minister nominees have nothing new to offer the citizens but crime and corruption. “For three years now Zaev and SDSM promise the citizens economic prosperity and progress, but they continue to fail to fulfil this promise of theirs. Instead, we see nominated for ministers people who are already well proven in the illegal activities with sole purpose to remain in power as long as possible. This is a suggestion of a “Top Shop government”, with Zaev promoting one thing, but showing later in action something completely different,” Janusev said, prompting Zaev to reply to him. “There is no “Top Shop government”, but a “Dormeo opposition”, which literally slept through all important periods in which we were making decisions thanks to which our country is progressing today, has become part of NATO and is about to start membership talks with the EU. All this time, the opposition never came out with an official stand about these things, which is why I am strongly convinced they will remain opposition for another 4 years, and maybe even more,” Zaev replied.