Monday, April 07, 2008

DUI calls for dissolution of Macedonian parliament

Democratic Party for Integration (DUI) will submit on Tuesday an official request for dissolution of the parliament and for holding early elections.

DUI's President Ali Ahmeti told this Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski at the meeting staged in the frameworks of consultations of the party leaders after the NATO Summit, which took place today.

"Our opinion is that this parliament and the current government lack capacity to handle the challenges the country is facing," said Rafiz Aliti, the head of the DUI's deputy group.

Answering a journalist's question, Aliti said that "DUI has not heard VMRO DPMNE's stance on this" and that his party was waiting for "the positions of the remaining parties."

Official sources from the government said that Gruevski only heard out Ahmeti's initiative.

It comes after today's meeting between the working panels of VMRO DPMNE and DPA, at which principle agreement was reached on the demands put forward as an ultimatum by Menduh Thaci's party last May.

Gruevski-Ahmeti meeting was held as a part of a series of separate talks hosted by the Prime Minister. Previously, he met with the Presidents of DPA and SDSM, Menduh Thaci and Radmila Sekerinska, to brief them on the activities of the Macedonian delegations at the NATO Summit in Bucharest and at the meeting of the Adriatic Charter members in Zagreb.

No statements to the media were given after the meetings.

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