Negotino, 14 February 2020 (MIA) – Speaking to reporters in Negotino on Friday, SDSM leader Zoran Zaev expressed his conviction that the laws will be adopted, Parliament will be dissolved, and that the early election will be held on April 12.
Parliament must not allow any political posturing prevent lawmakers from exercising their right to debate and adopt laws, Zaev told the press. “There may be two-thirds, there may not be two-thirds, but it’s only right and fair and honest to our country to give them a chance to vote for these important laws.”
He said he was happy legislators continued their discussion on Friday and added he was grateful to both MPs and the Parliamentary Speaker for being flexible enough to come to work.
“I’m confident, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure,” Zaev said, “that Parliament will adopt these laws and then dissolve.”
In response to a reporter’s question, Zaev said that SDSM’s coalition with DUI is fully functional.
“Yesterday, our party, through its Secretary-General, sent a serious message to the nation,” Zaev said, “that we are taking responsibility.”
“Our only goal before Parliament dissolves is to give these laws a chance to be adopted,” Zaev continued, “and make use of all our time before midnight strikes on Feb. 16, the final deadline for the dissolution.”
Commenting on whether the party may form a new coalition in the near future, Zaev said they were negotiating with their standard coalition partners as well as some who they have never before partnered with.
“We’re talking,” Zaev said. “We’ll have the final outcome of these talks–in addition to the analyses we’ve been carrying out and which will also lead to shared program commitments–sometime at the end of February.”
He highlighted SDSM’s seriously large and unique coalition capacity to create one society for all.
“Because of the brave decisions we’ve made in the past,” Zaev said, “we’re looking forward to a serious victory, a seriously clean mandate that will provide a stable parliamentary majority.” This is necessary, he added, because “a serious process of real transformation of our entire society is ahead, along with working at home on our economy.”
SDSM’s leader also noted that the adoption of the laws being debated in Parliament would decide “whether the rule of law prevails or all those suspected of illegal activities win.”
“At the end of the day,” Zaev said, “it’s up to our lawmakers to accept this responsibility. I expect them to take this responsibility seriously before our nation and adopt these laws.”
“This is possible,” he continued, explaining that his party had talked to 80 MPs. “I don’t want anyone to take this as a threat, but I’d like to send a personal message–confirming our Secretary-General’s statement–that this state is, above all, here for every one of us.”
“Only then can we think about our parties and political calculations. We want an election on April 12, we want Parliament to dissolve on time, but we also want it to do its job as planned, by voting for these legal solutions,” Zaev highlighted. mr/