DAILY BRIEF March 7: Foreign services, president under investigation, signatures collected…
Pendarovski claims he is followed by a secret foreign intelligence service
Joint presidential candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, in regards to the latest pictures of him that are on the social networks, says that a secret intelligence service has been following him after it was announced that he is a presidential candidate, which he suspects is close to one party.
“These are structures connected to one big opposition party, for which in the public there were reports that it keeps records on a daily basis where you go, where I go…This today is the third or fourth photography in a series of photos in the last 10 days. I am sure that they are physically following me 24 hours a day, and probably members of my family as well. Some of them work in the institutions, I know some of their names and their faces, unfortunately, they have been doing this for a longer time towards their opponents”, said Pendarovski and added that the institutions need to deal with this, because according to all indicators it is about a structure that works on that subject.
March 7, Albanian School Day
On March 7, 1887, the first school in Albanian language on the Balkans had been opened in the city of Korca Albania, and since then this day is celebrated as “Teacher’s Day” and “Albanian School Day” in this country, and in all other countries where members of the Albanian ethnicity live.
Although in difficult conditions, in which teaching in Albanian language had been prohibited under the Ottoman rule, the school in Korca had continued to operate for 20 years. Instigators and directors of the school are well-known figures from the Albanian culture and educational renaissance: Pandeli Sotiri, Petro Nini Luarasi, Nuci Naci and Thoma Avrami.
This day is marked in a symbolic way in the country, with appropriate little manifestations and awarding of recognitions to veteran teachers in the Albanian teaching.
Law on discrimination heats the atmosphere in Parliament
Today the Draft Law on Protection Against Discrimination was debated in Parliament. The law was defended by Minister of Labor and Social Policy Mila Carovska, with the ministry being the proposer of the law. VMRO-DPMNE MP, Vlatko Gjorcev, was the opponent in the parliamentary hall, who on several occasions asked SDSM MPs and Minister Carovska why the definition of marriage had been deleted, what fluid gender identity meant and what is the position of those supporting the law on whether marriage is possible only between a man and a woman.
In just a few hours 15 thousand signatures collected for Pendarovski
From SDSM they inform that 15 thousand citizens had signed as early as the morning hours on the day the collecting of signatures started, and that they are expecting more than 20 thousand. With this, Pendarovski can submit a candidacy on two grounds: with the support of MPs and with signatures from citizens.
Kiracovski, who heads the election headquarters, also signed himself in the branch unit in Bitola.
In the previous days, two more candidates collected the necessary signatures: Professor Gordana Siljanovska – Davkova, who after having collected more than 15 thousand signatures, withdrew the lists from the regional offices, and yesterday Professor Blerim Reka announced that he has over 11 thousand signatures.
The SCPC initiated a procedure against President Ivanov for the promotions in the ARM
The Anti-corruption commission is opening a procedure for the army promotions by President Ivanov. According to the SCPC, the promotions carried out after the announcement of the elections have violated the Electoral Code. In the following period, the Commission will request the entire necessary documentation from the Cabinet of the President of the state and the Ministry of Defense.
The decrees are passed upon the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the ARM, according to their competencies, in a procedure that lasted several months, and is a regular obligation in the scope of the unhindered functioning of the state. In adopting the six decrees, the provisions of the Electoral Code and the provisions of the Law on Prevention of Corruption have been respected.
The Anti-Corruption commission at today’s session also initiated a misdemeanor proceeding against 28 professors and deans of UKIM, who do not have submitted questionnaires. For the purpose of updating the existing register, the Commission will request data on the assets situation of all appointed managers, and notaries, enforcement agents and administrative workers will also be required to submit questionnaires. The penalties for such violation range between 300 and 500 euros.
CIVIL is demanding true and consistent respecting and promotion of women’s rights
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, CIVIL is once again raising its voice in support of all women in the world, and demands an end to discrimination and violence against women. CIVIL demands for the institutions to stop with the declarative efforts and to consistently implement all the laws for protection of human rights and freedoms and for protection against discrimination on a gender basis. The state institutions and the local self-government, as well as the entire society, must work on emancipation and respect for women’s rights.
The policies and practices must improve immediately, without delay, as of today. All those reading or listening to this announcement, must take urgent steps for promoting women’s rights.
CIVIL demands from the Government to prepare legal measures and to introduce practices of strictest sanctioning of every procedure that puts women in a disadvantaged position or discriminates women at the workplace, in the family, in public, or in any other place or situation. The media and civil society organizations must manifest greater responsibility and work on civic education on women’s rights.
CIVIL proposes March 8 to be declared a non-working day for all women in the country.
Equitable representation of women of 50 % in the institutions and decision-making structures must be realized immediately.