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Friday, November 24, 2017, 

Procedure for electing Macedonia's public prosecutor kicks off

Procedure for electing Macedonia

Skopje, 22 August 2017 (MIA) - Macedonia's government asked the Parliament on Tuesday to launch a procedure for electing a new chief public prosecutor.

'In line with the Article 41 of the Law on the Public Prosecution Office, the government has decided to propose to the Parliament to announce the appointment of the Chief Public Prosecutor of the Republic of Macedonia,' the cabinet said in a press release.

Under this Article, the Parliament, upon proposal by the Government, shall announce the appointment of Macedonia's Chief Public Prosecutor in the 'Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia' and in at least two daily newspapers, one of which shall be a newspaper published in the language spoken by at least 20% of the citizens who speak an official language other than Macedonian.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15 days from the day of publishing the vacancy notice in the 'Official Gazette'.

The Government shall submit to the Parliament of a proposal for appointment of a Chief Public Prosecutor from the candidates for the post and for whom the Council of Public Prosecutors has provided a positive opinion. The proposal for a candidate for the position shall be accompanied by the Council's opinion, the law says. The appointment of Chief Public Prosecutor requires a simple majority of votes of the 120 members of Macedonia's Parliament. 

The Chief Public Prosecutor is appointed for a six-year term in office with a right of re-election.

On August 17, Macedonia's lawmakers dismissed Marko Zvrlevski from his post as chief public prosecutor. The government filed the motion for Zvrlevski's dismissal due to his poor, unprofessional performance and failure to bring criminal charges for acts stipulated by the law, thus undermining the reputation of the Public Prosecution Office. lk/20:38

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