News 17 Jan 18

Macedonia President Vetoes Language Law

Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov on Wednesday vetoed a new government-backed law that extends the official use of Albanian across the country.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
BIRN
Skopje
Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov. Photo: MIA

Ivanov said he will not sign a law that the parliament adopted on January 11, insisting that the provision goes against the country’s Constitution.

“We are passing an unjust law that favors the Albanian language,” Ivanov told a press conference on Wednesday.

Though predictable, the executive veto of the much-anticipated new language law is unlikely to block its eventual adoption.

The parliament can once again vote for the bill and if it passes it will not need a signature from the president to be put into effect.

The only way to annul the bill, or some of its provisions, would be through an appeal to the Constitutional Court.

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