VMRO DPMNE party
Macedonia's main opposition right-wing VMRO DPMNE party is to end its boycott of parliament next Tuesday for a vote of no-confidence in the Social Democrat-led government of Zoran Zaev.
The motion is unlikely to pass as the opposition lacks the minimum of 61 MPs needed in the 120-seat parliament to bring down the government.
Journalists from almost all media outlets in Macedonia and NGO representatives protested on Monday in front of the government in Skopje, demanding tough sanctions for a politician who recently abused the head of the journalists' union, ZNM, Naser Selmani.
Macedonia's government on Tuesday stripped Jason Miko, a public champion of the former ruling VMRO DPMNE party, of his title as honorary Macedonian consul in the US state of Arizona.
Until it closed in mid-2017, Miko was a regular columnist for one of the most prominent Macedonian dailies, Dnevnik, in which he defended the policies of the then ruling party.
The main demand was an "unconditional stop" to the ongoing UN-sponsored 'name' talks between Skopje and Athens. Photo by Robert Atanasovski
The Macedonian diaspora was commended for financially aiding the protest. Photo by Robert Atanasovski
Mayor of Skopje Petre Silegov has defended a decision to remove a contentious statue from the entrance to the Supreme Court - saying its erection in 2014 had been illegal and had become synonymous with the failed ideology of the country's former authoritarian government.
Instead, he said the city will plant a tree, symbolizing human rights.