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VMRO-DPMNE: Prespa agreement forcibly pushed through parliament

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The government is being accused of deliberate attempt to cover up fraudulent referendum after it moved to fast track the passage of constitutional amendments Monday. The move was labeled ‘illegitimate’ by opposition VMRO-DPMNE members, who say PM Zoran Zaev has no legitimacy to amend the Constitution in order to change the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia.

“Zoran Zaev has no legitimacy to change the identity, history, culture and tradition of the Republic of Macedonia. In addition to irregularities, intimidation, voter bribery and ballot-box stuffing, the citizens said ‘no’. As many as 1.2 million people showed a ‘red card’ to Zaev and SDSM. They citizens did not support his anti-state policy and made it clear that Prespa deal to change the country’s name is politically dead,” VMRO-DPMNE said on Monday after the press conferences of government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski and vice-president of parliament Frosina Remenski. The two announced the introduction of constitutional amendments into the legislative house.

Amendments to change the Constitution have been declared urgent as the government moves to push the motion through parliament.

The opposition party slammed any attempt to forcibly push the Prespa deal through parliament, branding the move a “rape of the will of the citizens”. The party once again urged Prime Minister Zoran Zaev “to quit the deal designed to change the country’s name”.

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SJO chief Katica Janeva steps down

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The Head of Public Prosecutor’s Office, special public prosecutor Katica Janeva tendered her resignation Monday but warned it will come into effect as soon as political parties reach a deal on new law and pick her successor.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecuting Criminal Offences Related to and Arising from the Content of the Illegally Intercepted Communication was established with the Law, adopted by the Parliament in September 2015 and with the appointment of Katica Janeva as the head of this Public Prosecutor’s Office.

“Once I was elected a Head of Public Prosecutor’s Office with a consensus of all political parties, I held out a promise to myself and to all citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia that I will sincerely execute my duties in the interest of the rule of law and the fight against organized crime and corruption,” the outgoing head of SJO says in her letter of resignation.

“I undertook this work in extremely difficult circumstances and fully aware of the task I was assigned to. I was honored to serve the country at the helm of a highly professional prosecutor team, an investigative team, staffers who do their job without any diligence,” Janeva said.

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Turkey’s FM Cavusoglu arrives in Skopje for two-day visit

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Skopje on Monday for a two-day official visit at an invitation of his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov.

The two ministers are expected to discuss the overall bilateral relations between Turkey and North Macedonia, including modes of strengthening the cooperation in many fields of joint interest.

In the course of the visit of Turkey’s top diplomat, the Skopje-based Ministry of Foreign Affairs will officially put into operation a technical equipment for digitalization of archival material – archival digitalization – a project supported by Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project was funded by the Turkish Co-operation and Coordination Agency, TIKA.

FM Cavusoglu will also meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, and Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani.

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Bekteshi sets off for Geneva

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Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi spearheads North Macedonia’s delegation to the second Trade Policy Review at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva.

North Macedonia has been a member of the WTO since 2003.

While in Geneva, Minister Bekteshi is engaged in a busy schedule of bilateral meetings with Roberto Azevedo, Director General of the World Trade Organization, Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Ambassador Dagfinn Sorli, Norway’s Permanent Representative to the WTO and EFTA.

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