MACEDONIA: ‘ Political Crisis continues as EU calls for Regime Change ‘

#AceNewsReport – MACEDONIA:June.14: Macedonia continues to go through a political crisis, after Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and the leaders of the four main political parties in Macedonia failed to reach an agreement on settling the crisis earlier this week.

' EU Calls for Regime Change in Macedonia '
‘ EU Calls for Regime Change in Macedonia ‘

Western media claims that Nikola Gruevski, the current Prime Minister of Macedonia, created the crisis that puts his government at risk, EUobserver reported.

Recently, Gruevski was accused of mass illegal surveillance, election fraud, as well as abuse of the country’s justice system and media.

Now the European Commission wants to send the government in Skopje a list of tough rule-of-law reforms. If Gruevski doesn’t react and there is no action taken by his government, the Commission will stop backing Macedonia’s EU entry talks, EUobserver said.

Macedonia has been a candidate country for EU accession since 2005. However, negotiations haven’t made any significant progress and there are many obstacles that stand in the way.

Gruevski and Zoran Zaev, the Macedonian opposition leader, agreed to hold early parliamentary elections in April 2016. However, the two politicians can’t agree when Gruevski must step down.

Zaev wants Gruevski to step down in October so that a technocratic government can prepare fair elections. According to Zaev, if Gruevski doesn’t step down, he will rig the new elections in 2016, EUobserver said.


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' Police Clash with Ethnic Albanians Over a Court Ruling on 2012 Shooting Incident '

#AceWorldNews – MACEDONIA (Skopje) – July 05 – Police have clashed with ethnic Albanians protesting against a court ruling on a 2012 shooting incident.

​Hundreds of ethnic Albanians in Macedonia took to the streets in the capital Skopje on Friday to protest against a court ruling, which sentenced six ethnic Albanian Muslims to life imprisonment for “murdering five Christian fishermen at a lake near Skopje in 2012.”

The men were found to be shot at close range and by more than one gunman.

During the trial that lasted 18 months, prosecutors said the Albanians had intended to destabilize the country. The six, however, have denied the charges, and their lawyers say there was no material evidence against them.


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