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Gruevski case: Justice Ministry preparing Documentation for extradition

The Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecution of Organised Crime (BPPOPCC) and Corruption has started a pre-investigative procedure over former PM Nikola Gruevski’s escape to Hungary. “There are grounded suspicions that certain official persons, abusing their official position and authority, enabled the convicted person to illegally leave the Republic of Macedonia,” it said on Wednesday. The case has been given ...

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Orban’s Office: Gruevski has Submitted asylum Request to competent Authority

“Nikola Gruevski has submitted an asylum request to the competent Hungarian authority. The former PM of Macedonia has made a declaration of his intention to submit a request for refugee status in Hungary,” Hungarian PM Viktor Orban’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday. As it was added, given that Gruevski was his country’s PM for ten years, for security ...

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Former PM Gruevski flees to Hungary and seeks Asylum

“In the last few days I have received countless threats to my life. I am in Budapest now and I have asked for political asylum from the Hungarian authorities. I will always remain true to the cause of Macedonia. I will never give up,” former PM Nikola Gruevski wrote on his official Facebook page at around 1 pm on Tuesday. ...

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Police Fail to Find ex-PM Gruevski at Skopje Home after Warrant Issuance

On Monday, police stormed former PM Nikola Gruevski’s home in Skopje but didn’t find him there. That was the second attempt, after they had previously knocked on the door but nobody answered. Several hours prior, a warrant had been issued to find the former VMRO-DPMNE leader after he had failed to voluntarily report to prison in order to start serving ...

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Constitutional Issues Committee adopts 2nd, 3rd and 4th draft Amendment

On Friday, the Parliament’s Constitutional Issues Committee adopted the text of the second draft amendment, according to which ASNOM’s decisions in the Constitution will be replaced with the Proclamation. The Ohrid Framework Agreement, too, is becoming part of the Constitution. At the session, VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs criticised the text, whereas SDSM considers that there is nothing problem with the inclusion of ...

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Constitutional Issues Committee adopts first Draft amendment

On Thursday, the Constitutional Committee Issues adopted the first draft amendment for a change of the Constitution, with 10 votes in favour and five against. The draft amendment proposes a replacement of “the Republic of Macedonia” with the new name everywhere in the Constitution except in Article 36, where there is a historical aspect. The debate on the second draft ...

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Constitutional Committee Starts Debate on Draft Amendments

The Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Issues started on Wednesday the debate on the four draft amendments to the Constitution that will last a maximum of 12 days. PM Zoran Zaev presented the four draft amendments and said they were the price that Macedonia should pay for the Euro-integration process. According to him, the fact that they will apply once Greece ...

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Four Areas in Focus of Plan 18

The judicial system, security-intelligence services, public administration sector and fight against corruption are the areas on which the reforms contained in the Government’s Plan 18 for getting closer to the EU are focused. Plan 18 is continuation of the reforms implemented with Plan 3-6-9. At Tuesday’s briefing with journalists, ruling coalition members said they were waiting for remarks about the ...

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VMRO-DPMNE to be part of Constitutional changes Debate

VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs will be part of the debate on the constitutional changes that will start on Wednesday. As it was said following the coordination meeting of the party’s parliamentary group on Monday, they will fiercely unmask all constitutional amendments. Presenting the conclusions, the coordinator of the parliamentary group, Nikola Micevski also said the party had decided against being part of ...

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Government Includes Eight MPs’ Demands in Draft Amendments

The Government has included the following demands by the eight MPs from the independent parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE and its coalition in the draft amendments: a guarantee for strengthening the Macedonian identity, a gradual change of the name for internal use and annulment of the constitutional changes if the name deal isn’t ratified by Greece. Friday saw the eight politicians ...

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