Under pressure from US Ambassador Jess Baily, given the strict June 1st deadline, DUI’s leadership voted in few of their Ministers for the new Macedonian-Tirana Government.
“Thanks to constructive dialogue, DUI unanimously voted for the new cabinet for our upcoming Government. Vice PM and new minister in charge of Ohrid Framework implementation is Hazbi Lika, Vice Premier for integration will be Bujar Osmani, Minister for Ecology Sadula Duraku, Minister of Economy Bulent Saliu, and Kreshnik Bekteshi in addition to Ramiz Merko as the new ministers without portfolio” says Ahmeti for TV24.
Does this mean DUI wasn’t able to get the coveted Ministry of Defense?
Hazbi Lika was a leader of ONA (UCK’s 112th Brigade), a terrorist unit in Tetovo during the 2001 conflict and is one of the names tied to the ambush of Macedonian security forces in Vejce.
He was also a former mayor of Tetovo (2004-2008). According to Skopje daily Nova Makedonija, Lika pocketed over 3m euros from the city’s budget during his reign.
DUI’s Bujar Osmani, identified by Macedonian prosecutors of having been in direct communication with the terrorists in Kumanovo will receive a cabinet position. Sadula Duraku, the new minister of (Irony and) Ecology as member of the UCK in 2001 cut of the water supply to the residents of Kumanovo.
According to our sources, it’s now very likely that BESA will not be part of Baily’s new Government.
Having said that, though BESA is likely to be an opposition, the party will still support anything in relation to the Tirana platform.
As of this moment, the SDS, DUI and AA have enough MPs (62) to form a rather shaky Government majority.