Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Monday they will make an attempt in the Parliament to secure a two-third majority for extension of the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) mandate, which expires by the end of June.
“There is an agreement among coalition partners over this issue. However, this is not sufficient because we need a two-third majority. We will attempt through a debate in the Parliament to secure this majority, which is a difficult mission because of the contrary stance by our political opponents. We established this institution through consensus and it deserves to complete its mandate”, Zaev told reporters after a meeting with EU ambassador Samuel Zbogar.
He urged MPs to stay along the line of their support for the SPO as stipulated in the law.
Regarding the re-election of judges, the PM said they would follow the recommendations from the Venice Commission and European practice in the field.
“We need to undertake steps towards an independent judicial system, including the public prosecutors and the judges. The most obvious practice in Europe is dissolution and then re-election. Honorable judges should not fear this procedure, because it will be run by experts, not politicians”, underlined Zaev.
Which “experts” Zaev spoke about is not known, likely Frckovski.