Photograph by Stefan Didam - Schmallenberg, via Wikimedia Commons.  Accessed on 15.05.2017.

 

Once again, tensions erupted in Macedonia after attacks against the election of the Speaker of Parliament, Talat Xhaferi, on the 27th of April led to over 100 people being injured. Amongst the injured was SDSM leader, Zoran Zaev, who identified the riot as an attempt by the previous government and former Prime Minister Gruevski to prevent a new opposition-led coalition government from being established (Balkan Insight, 28.04.2017).

Following this incident, Gruevski stated that his party would soon announce the next steps it plans to take to prevent the formation of what he called an illegitimate government.

In the meantime, the provisional Interior Minister Agim Nuhiu accused the police of failing to do their job and prevent the violence in Parliament. He offered his resignation after four months in office on the basis that he was unable to eliminate political influence over the police. Nuhiu - who comes from the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), a party that is part of the new parliamentary majority – questioned the lack of action taken by the police during the incidents (Balkan Insight, 28.04.2017). Ombudsman Ixhet Memeti also criticised law enforcement, particularly their passivity over these events.

Some observers believe that the inability to select a Parliament is an attempt by the previous government to prevent a functioning political system to emerge amidst fears that a new government will target the former administration (tilegrafima.gr, 01.05.2017).