In an interview with Fokus, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski says regarding the Referendum Initiative rejection that Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi unlawfully played the role of a Constitutional Court judge. He adds that only the Constitutional Court can interpret the Constitution. In Mickoski’s view, the ruling structure is aware that there would be a turnout in a referendum because the people is against the Skopje-Sofia deal. The Treaty, the opposition leader notes, is the source of the assimilation being carried out by SDSM and PM Dimitar Kovacevski. Levica’s Dimitar Apasiev, too, shares the stand that Xhaferi “acts like” a Constitutional Court judge. In response, the Speaker says that a referendum cannot challenge international agreements. DUI and SDSM describe the initiative as counter-constitutional.