Macedonian Parliament Continues Debate over Tirana PlatformDomestic | April 19, 2017, Wednesday @ 08:31| 164 views
The Macedonian Parliament is set to continue its marathon constitutive session on Wednesday, which is now in its fourth week. Officially, representatives are supposed to discuss setting up the Committee on Elections and Appointments, but the debate so far has been focused on the controversial Tirana platform, leaving little room to discuss anything else.
On Tuesday, the Parliament adjourned in the afternoon after hours of back and forth between representatives from VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM. The conservative party demanded that the socialdemocrats come clean on the Tirana platform and on whether they accept redefining the way interethnic relations are regulated in Macedonia based on this document initiated by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.
SDSM responded that VMRO-DPMNE should stop its filibuster in the Parliament and should allow the debate to conclude and to move to a vote for a new Speaker, for which SDSM claims to have the necessary votes. The Parliament was back in session after the Easter break. Also back are the thousands of protesters from the association For a United Macedonia, who marched from the Government to the Parliament building, with several heavy trucks and diggers in front, indicating they are ready to break through the fence if SDSM attempt to end the filibuster and push a vote for a Parliament Speaker. The association demands that all parties first reject the Tirana platform, which it claims will lead to federalization and partition of Macedonia along ethnic lines.
Mass rallies were also held in dozens of cities across Macedonia, all with the same demands and sporting Macedonian flags and red-and-yellow ribbons.