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New majority or technical government seen as way out of political crisis; Ethnic divide over army law threatens multiethnic Macedonia
Forming a new parliament majority that would exclude the biggest ruling party, VMRO DPMNE, or forming of a technical government that would prepare early elections are the options that are increasingly being mentioned as a way out of the complicated political situation in the country. Some observers say for the daily that a new majority is the most desirable option for the opposition Social Democrats but some do not exclude the possibility that the junior ruling Democratic Union for Integrarion, DUI would come out of the government itself, forced to do so by the feud with VMRO DPMNE over the proposed army law. The draft envisages benefits to armed forces veterans from the 2001 armed conflict but not to the former Albanian guerillas whose leaders later formed the DUI.
The daily warns about the ethnic divide in the parliament over the new army law. The law managed to do the inconceivable, to unite the bitter political rivals in the Macedonian block in their support, and to do the same in the ethnic Albanian bloc, the newspaper says. While the ruling VMRO DPMNE and the opposition Social Democrats support its adoption, junior ruling Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, and the opposition Democratic party of Albanians steeply oppose. This divide, not seen in such extent so far, may seriously hamper the multiethnic foundations of the Macedonian state, the daily warns.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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