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Old 01-11-2018, 07:31 PM   #1
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http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/arti...law-01-11-2018

Macedonia Passes Albanian Language Law

Macedonian MPs on Thursday adopted an eagerly anticipated law that extends the official use of the Albanian language across the country

Macedonia''s new government has honoured its pledge to do more for the country's Albanian minority after 69 of the 120 MPs in parliament voted for a new law on the use of languages.

The law was also adopted by a so-called double majority, meaning that it also obtained the required level of support from most minority ethnic groups MPs as well as MPs generally.

The law extends the official use of Albanian over the entire country, in which ethnic Albanians make up around a quarter of the total population of 2.1 million, easing communication in Albanian with institutions like municipalities, hospitals and courts.

The previous law defined Albanian as an official language, but only gave it that status in those areas where Albanians make up over 20 per cent of the local population.

The new provision is seen as the last legal remaining provision stemming from the 2001 peace deal that ended an armed conflict between Albanian insurgents and Macedonian forces.

The law was adopted in the absence of MPs from the main opposition right-wing VMRO DPMNE party.

The opposition, which previously claimed that such law would jeopardize the country’s national interests, in a press release issued after the law's adoption repeated its claim that the law was “unconstitutional”.

The opposition also claimed that its adoption in parliament was “fraudulent”, accusing the government majority of falsely presenting this legislation as an EU-sought reform
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:30 PM   #2
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Is that it now? Has the president signed off on it? Is it actually law? If it is, I contend the country is beyond help now.
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What about constitutional changes requiring 2/3 majority in parliament? After all DPMNE boycotted the vote.

Also the shiptars have already changed the Macedonian wikipedia page to include Albanian as an official language.
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They will be causing irreparable damage by passing this law
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What about constitutional changes requiring 2/3 majority in parliament? After all DPMNE boycotted the vote.

Also the shiptars have already changed the Macedonian wikipedia page to include Albanian as an official language.
Its not a constitutional change. Its an amendment to the law on the use of languages. The constitution (based on the Framework Agreement) was purposely vague in relation to the use of language. It can be interpreted either way. DPMNE could challenge it in the constitutional court, but the court is politically controlled in Macedonia and always finds in favour of whatever the ruling party wants. Even if the court was independent, it could still, legitimately find this law constitutional based on the wording of those clauses, which were agreed to under the Framework Agreement in 2001. This battle was lost back then, now its just a matter of implementing what Macedonians already capitulated to, albeit, a little late.
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What a shame... What role can Ivanov play as president in not allowing this to happen? That is, prior to foreigners coming to Macedonia to 'change his mind'...
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What a shame... What role can Ivanov play as president in not allowing this to happen? That is, prior to foreigners coming to Macedonia to 'change his mind'...
He can veto it, and then the parliament needs to pass it again (which they will). On passing the second time, I think that's it, it doesn't even need to go back to Ivanov (but I'd have to double check). Either way, Ivanov's not going to stop it, he's the same shit as the rest of them.
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I can imagine the Fyromians saying even they have rights and it's fair enough.
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I've been hearing that a lot lately actually. That its normal, and that Spanish is an official language in the USA (its not, even English isn't).

Believe it or not, I actually threw my uncle out of my house on Thanks Giving, for basically making that argument, then justifying a name change to get into the EU. I told him that he was a traitor, and that I won't tolerate that at my diner table. Not knowing what else to say, he said I was brainwashed by VMRO(DPMNE). We finished with me showing him the door, and telling him that if I was so brainwashed, why was he the one who could not see past petty political affiliations.

I might have overreacted, but he should have known, so koj si imat rabota I suppose.

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Wow things are moving fast in New Macedonia and good to see Zaev repaying the very people that got him into power.

My wealthy cousin(pro Zaev) in the New MKD army was very excited that the current gov increased his monthly pay by a whopping 2000 denari, mind you he was rubbing it in, he is also due to recieve his Bulgarian 🇧🇬 passport first half of 2018 as all his mates have done and not out of hunger.. The Macedonian only has eyes and love for money and spite for thy neighbour.

I'm also noticing more and more young new "new Macedonians" in my area.. I think people have had it over there.
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