Taravari on Government Formation Talks and Constitutional Changes Issue

VLEN and VMRO-DPMNE representatives have so far met twice. The first meeting was between Hristijan Mickoski and Arben Taravari before the 8 May elections, while the second was between party officials of VMRO-DPMNE and VLEN’s four leaders, Taravari, Bilall Kasami, Izet Mexhiti, and Afrim Gashi.

In an interview with the ClickPlus show on TV21, Taravari said the second meeting had seen the outlines of the new government set, adding that programmes had been aligned and VLEN had presented its main three items, EU integration, economic development, as well as fighting crime and corruption, as well as the legal state.

Asked what VLEN would do if VMRO-DPMNE didn’t support the constitutional changes within a certain period of time, Taravari said if, before New Year’s, the changes were not made and there were no signs that they would be implemented, the matter would be considered again. In that regard, he added that VLEN would consider its participation in the ruling coalition too.

“From what I’ve seen from the negotiations with Mickoski, there is optimism,” Taravari stressed, adding that he was optimistic the constitutional changes would be made in six or nine months.