VMRO-DPMNE conditions on a possible vote for the constitutional changes in North Macedonia
Hristijan Mickoski, leader of the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, presented the party´s conditions on a possible vote for the constitutional amendments. Those are to exclude Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) from the government and the constitutional amendments to become effective once the country becomes a member of the European Union.
Mickoski said that “The first condition is to finally free Macedonia from DUI. It does not need to be in the interim government (..) When it comes to the constitutional amendments, let’s say to accept the vote on them but delay the effect; in reality, the circumstances will not change, we will not have a change to the Constitution, and those amendments will not be part of that Constitution, until the moment Macedonia becomes a member state of the EU”.
Regarding the early parliamentary elections, Mickoski, at the leaders’ meeting with Prime Minister and leader of SDSM party, Dimitar Kovachevski, proposed September 24, October 1 or October 8 as dates for elections.
According to Kovachevski, this leaders´ meeting has shown diametrically different views by opposition on constitutional amendments. He also stated that these differences were giving new dynamics to the political scene in the country. Kovachevski then offered VMRO-DPMNE to make Mickoski a Prime Minister if the party voted for the constitutional amendments. Bujar Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs and member of the DUI party, offered for DUI to give up their agreed post during the last 100 days of this Government.
In its reaction, VMRO-DPMNE stated that “VMRO-DPMNE has no intention to participate in the auctions organised by Kovachevski, Osmani, and Grubi, our positions are very clear, and we won’t deviate from them. It is very immature to continue with these auctions, which only prove that SDSM were never sincere, and they never had the protection of the national interests and the EU integrations in mind”.
Mickoski wants to call another leaders´ meeting to know only which of the two proposals of VMRO-DPMNE has been chosen – whether the one with delayed effect, when Macedonia will be a member of the EU or early elections in autumn