[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

quarta-feira, 3 de maio de 2017

Macedonian nationalists resume protests against coalition with Albanian parties


A supporter of the Civil Initiative for United Macedonia protests in front of the parliament building in Skopje. Macedonia, 2 May.
[Georgi Licovski/EPA]

The protesters allege that a deal struck between the Social Democrats (SDSM) to govern alongside ethnic Albanian parties, which emerged as kingmakers after an early election in December, would threaten national unity.

The accord would sideline the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party of former Premier Nikola Gruevski, which opposes a plan agreed on in Tirana to make Albanian the country’s second official language.
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Macedonian president warns EU, NATO of Albanian meddling

In a letter sent to Council President Donald Tusk ahead of the 9-10 March EU summit, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov warns against attempts by Western powers to impose on his country a political platform “written in Tirana”.

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Last Thursday evening (27 April) the protesters stormed parliament over what they said was an illegal vote for a new parliamentary speaker, ethnic Albanian Talat Xhaferi.
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Violence erupts as protesters storm Macedonia parliament

Nationalists stormed Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday (27 April) and attacked MPs, including the opposition leader, in protest against a vote for a new parliamentary speaker.

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The riots, condemned by both the European Union and the United States, injured about 100 people, including SDSM leader Zoran Zaev.
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