Taravari: One of the three state posts should belong to Albanians

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One of the three most important state posts in North Macedonia – the president, the prime minister, or the speaker of the parliament – should belong to the Albanians, and this should be part of the Constitution, said Arben Taravari.

Taravari, who is the Albanian opposition candidate for president of North Macedonia, said this could be done by amending the preamble of the Constitution through a parliamentary procedure.

At a press conference on Wednesday evening in Tetovo, Taravari said that the amendment to the Constitution should be made to include the Bulgarian minority in the current Constitution, which is a condition for the state’s integration into the European Union.

Furthermore, Taravari said that the amendment should also include the removal of the term “20 percent” for the Albanian language or its redefinition as “Albanian language”, as well as the election of the president in the future by the Parliament, and not through direct elections.

“Now we have the opportunity to strengthen consensual democracy constitutionally together, now we can secure one of the three main state posts to automatically belong to Albanians as the second majority nation in North Macedonia,” said the Albanian opposition presidential candidate.

He called for his program to be supported by other parties as well, especially by the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), which is in power.

His statement comes at a time when the Social Democratic Union (SDSM) in power announced on Wednesday that the party leadership has decided that the current president, Stevo Pendarovski, will be its candidate for the presidential elections to be held on April 24.

Meanwhile, the Macedonian opposition party VMRO-DPMNE announced in a statement that its party deputy, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, is the only one who has submitted her candidacy for president.

Siljanovska-Davkova also ran in the last presidential elections in 2019, which Pendarovski won.

Whether she will enter the presidential race for the second time will be known after the party convention on March 2.

The Democratic Union for Integration has announced that its leader, Ali Ahmeti, will announce the candidate of this party for president on Thursday, February 22.

The elections for the president of North Macedonia will be held in two rounds, the first on April 24, while the second round will be held together with the parliamentary elections on May 8.

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