Saturday, February 27, 2021

Northern Macedonia: VMRO-DPMNE collects signatures against the population census


Signatures citizens against the inventory of the population of the country, which will be held in April of this year gathers the VMRO-DPMNE, the largest party of its official opposition Northern Macedonia, which announced that within 45 days more than 45,000 signatures were collected.

VMRO-DPMNE demands the annulment of the law voted last month by Parliament on the 2021 census of population, households and housing and began collecting signatures across northern Macedonia last Saturday to pressure his government Zoran Zaef to withdraw the inventory law. However, no matter how many citizens’ signatures the official opposition party collects, they cannot be a legal basis for the repeal of the law.

“Thanks to every citizen for their support. No one has the right to ignore people, people are the power, the energy and they tell the truth. 45,000 signatures for a real and not a fake inventory. But also a very loud message to the government, which if it does not understand now, will understand very soon “, it is mentioned in a relevant announcement of VMRO-DPMNE.

The census will take place from 1 to 21 April 2021. However, the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE warns that will not recognize its results, accusing the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaef and Ali Ahmeti, the leader of DUI, the largest Albanian party, of attempt at alteration of the demographic composition of the country.

The main opposition party is still protesting because the government of Zoran Zaef did not accept none of the amendments who submitted the same in the debate in the Parliament on the bill for the census, last month, while he considers that it should be postponed, as, as he states, the conditions that have been created due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus do not allow it to take place.

Zoran Zaef’s ruling Social Democratic Party (SDSM) accuses VMRO-DPMNE leader Christian Mickoski of trying to ” politicize inventory and incite conflicts, systematically undermining the interests of citizens and the state “.

The last census in the country was conducted in 2002, while another one that started in October 2011 was interrupted a few days before its completion, due to strong disagreements between the members – Slavs and Albanians – of the state commission in charge of its conduct.

Since then all attempts to reach a consensus and conduct a population census have failed, which reflects the climate of suspicion between the two major ethnic communities of the country (Slavs and Albanians).

According to the 2002 census, the country’s population was about 2,020,000 people.

In that census, 64.18% had declared “Macedonians”, 25.17% “Albanians”, 3.85% Turks, 2.66% Roma, 1.8% Serbs, 0.85% Bosnians and 0.5% Vlachs. The members of the other ethnic groups did not exceed 1%.



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