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BESA and Alliance for Albanians announce Constitutional amendments

The ruling majority is convinced that the constitutional amendments will receive the required two-thirds support despite the amendments announced by the Albanian opposition bloc. It expects the changes to be voted through in the final stage even with over 80 votes. Bilall Kasami’s BESA will file three amendments, which concern the languages law, Preamble and diaspora. Alliance for Albanians, too, ...

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Parliament adopts Draft Law on Prevention of Corruption in first Reading

On Monday, Parliament adopted, in first reading, the Draft Law on Prevention of Corruption and Conflict of Interest. It was supported by 58 MPs, whereas 16 voted against. There will be changes in several areas, such as the one concerning the procedure for election of State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) head and members. The Deputy Minister of Justice, ...

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Interior Minister Spasovski says There are new Developments in Gruevski case

According to Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, there are new developments in the case concerning former PM Nikola Gruevski’s escape. “There are. That will be announced by the Public Prosecutor’s Office,” he said on Monday, asked whether there were new developments and when the results would be officially presented. Regarding the no-confidence motion against him filed by VMRO-DPMNE, he said it ...

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Trial over Titanic case 2 Continues

The trial over the Titanic 2 case, opened by the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), continued on Monday. The SPO representatives presented several materials, including a telephone conversation dated 28 March 2013 between journalist Dragan Pavlovic Latas and then-PM Nikola Gruevski in which they talk about there being a repeat vote at several places in Macedonia. In another conversation, Latas and ...

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38 Amnesty requests Received by Criminal Court so far

On Monday, the Criminal Court said it had received 38 amnesty requests. Among those that have made a request are MP Krsto Mukoski, Aleksandar Vasilevski, Nikola Mitrevski, Mladen Dodevski and Oliver Radulov. “I will file a request,” MP Ljuben Arnaudov told Kanal 5 TV. Johan Tarculovski, another MP who is a defendant in the case concerning the 27 April 2017 ...

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VMRO-DPMNE files No-confidence motion Against Minister Spasovski

On Monday, VMRO-DPMNE filed a no-confidence motion against Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski. The coordinator of the party’s parliamentary group, Nikola Micevski, said the decision was made because of incompetence and selectiveness, which means that there was no protection of citizens and public interest. “He works selectively, in line with party directives, instead of to protect public interest. The corruption degree ...

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Amnesty requests Start to arrive After publication of Law in Official Gazette

The Amnesty Law was published on Friday in the Official Gazette, following President Gjorge Ivanov’s signing. That means a start of the five-day deadline that defendants in the 27 April case have to file a request to be covered in the procedure. Goran Angelov and Ivan Cvetanovski will be among those that will file an amnesty request. Their lawyer said ...

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Reactions in Greece to latest Developments in Name process Continue

In his congratulatory message to Greeks in the diaspora on the occasion of the New Year’s and Christmas holidays, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos reiterated his stand on the relations with the northern neighbour. As he pointed out, in the period leading up to the defining of the name deal and, certainly, before its ratification, Greece isn’t ready to accept interpretations ...

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Osmani optimistic Macedonia will Start EU talks Next year

Following the end of the constitutional changes process and ratification process, Macedonia will automatically activate the NATO membership invitation. The Deputy PM for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, is optimistic that Macedonia will next year start EU membership talks. At a briefing on Sunday, he described 2018 as a historic year. In Osmani’s view, the reform process, Prespa Agreement and good-neighbourliness ...

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VMRO-DPMNE stages Protests in Skopje and Prilep

On Friday, VMRO-DPMNE staged a protest in Skopje. “The first battle that will be won and the first punishment from the people for the anti-people’s work will be the victory in the presidential elections, which will also mean an announcement of early parliamentary elections,” party leader Hristijan Mickoski pointed out. The party will publish the competition for candidates for the ...

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