Another Possible Experiment - Macedonian Minority Government26 February, 22:29
Although DUI decided to give SDSM the signatures, with which leader Zoran Zaev would have the opportunity to ask for the mandate from the President, it is still not certain whether we will get a government, and in which form.
DUI’s spokesman, Bujar Osmani, spoke of the possibility of forming a minority government. Assuredly, only few people know what the term “minority government” means, and how it works. Minority government is an expression used for a government which consists of a party or a coalition that does not have the majority in parliament.
In this specific case, only SDSM would be part of the government, and the other parties, foremostly DUI, but Besa, and Alliance of Albanians, as well, would support for that governmentto be voted for, but they would not be part of it.
It is important to emphasize that such government is always temporary, and with a precisely defined deadline. This type of government would be unknown in the Macedonian politicla practise, and it is possible for it to be just another unsuccessful experiment.
During its 26 years of independence, Macedonia has had an expert government, a technical government, and a broad coalition, but never a minority government. All formats used by now took place after a war conflict, or after a serious political crisis, and they all were extremely unsuccessful.
It is noticeable that there is no euphoria in SDSM after getting the signatures and having the possibility to form a government. After Zaev offiicially gets the mandate, he will have two days for an agreement with DUI, and with the other Albanian parties as well, to obtain the necessary 61 signatures.
As a condition for (not) being part of the government, DUI imposes the passing of the law on languages, which has been discussed with SDSM, and for which they have fundamental agreement.
Yet, the final decision about DUI’s chosen option is expected to be reached on Monday. If there is an agreement with SDSM, the most important thing will be the deblocking of the work of the Assembly, which is stopped at the moment due to the lack of a president.
The first job of the legislature would be choosing a Speaker who would have to immediately call for local elections. The deadlines for the elections are expiring and now only 14 May can be observed as a date for the elections, if they are called for at the beginning of March.