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Stroe: Opposition to take elected Parliament seats

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– I wish to congratulate the citizens for their participation in the April 27 presidential and parliamentary elections. I express my respect and congratulations for the victory of VMRO DPMNE and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and President Gjorge Ivanov for his reelection as head of state, says Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) member Ionut Stroe, Vice-Chairperson of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

“The results of these elections have seen a surprising move from the Socialist Democratic Union of Macedonia. This confirms the fact that each election is a test for a democracy, for its citizens and for political competitors. In this sense parliamentary parties have, maybe more than others, as the people’s representatives, the responsibility of building a free and democratic state. Therefore it is the duty all parties, including opposition, to act upon the mandate invested in them. Democracy can truly work only if checks and balances are functional, and opposition plays an important role in tempering the Executive, especially when it comes to errors”, says Stroe in a statement.

He believes the best solution is for the SDSM to take their elected seats and start working in the new Parliament.

“I express my hope for the solution of current tensions. I call on political leaders within the new government and the opposition to be fully aware of their responsibility and jointly create a positive post-election environment that will address reforms to counter democratic deficit and further the Euro-Atlantic integration process, steps meant to strengthen democracy in this country”, says Stroe.

He joins the assessment of the OSCE/ODIHR, similarly echoed by the US and EU representatives, concerning the effective administration of recent elections. The evolution of the current post electoral environment in the Republic of Macedonia is important for maintaining the country’s political stability from two points of view.

“On one hand, peaceful transition to power is the sine qua non condition of democracy. Winning and losing are part of the democratic game, while its essence is participation. Therefore, the will of all citizens who have exercised their right to vote must be represented in Parliament”, says Stroe.

On the other hand, he says the shortcomings that have been expressed regarding the lack of a level playing field in the recent electoral competition can only be solved jointly. Both government and opposition parties need to work together in order to address, through reforms, the technical inequities and the broader deficiencies in the electoral process.

“This is all the more necessary as similar OSCE reports on disproportionate level playing field electoral campaigns have been noted in 2006, 2011 and 2013″, stresses MP Stroe.