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Zaev moves closer to amnesty deal for members of Parliament whose votes he depends on


The planned amnesty bill will reduce sentences for those involved in the April 2017 incident in the Parliament, which were not directly violent, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Friday, announcing that the law will be proposed on Monday. This will likely involve the three former VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament, who were released from detention after they agreed to vote in favor of opening the process to amend the Constitution, and now demand amnesty before the final vote is cast.

Five other former VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament, most of whom are directly or indirectly pressured with other criminal cases, are also in talks with Zaev for what is called a “reconciliation bill”. In exchange, Zaev hopes that he can count on their votes to adopt the four amendments which will rename Macedonia into North Macedonia.

– We need to make it clear to all that there were no bears hidden in the amendments. An honest approach to implement the Prespa treaty. You see that we have an inclusive approach from the Albanian community as well. We involve the entire diaspora and strengthen the Macedonian identity. I believe that the members of Parliament will support this, Zaev said.

The family owned company of one of these members of Parliament, Krsto Mukoski, received a Government contract worth 680.000 EUR this week, in a move likely made to further “sweeten the deal”. Zaev today said that “he has forgiven Mukoski” for the assault in the Parliament. A two thirds majority of 80 or 81 votes will be needed to adopt the final draft of the amendments.

VMRO-DPMNE demands a broad and unselective amnesty bill, for all who are charged in this case, and not a selective law which will cover only the members of Parilament whose votes Zaev needs.

– If the proposal is not selective and if it ensures justice for all those involved in this case, we will support it, said VMRO-DPMNE Secretary General Igor Janusev.