Todays Date
June 20, 2019

“Reconciliation” of contradictions

By: Bardhyl Zaimi

There will be, it seems, another week filled with events and tactics around the preparation of the amendments to change the name of Macedonia. The Prespa Agreement already dictates the political dynamics, which implies deadlines for its implementation. Of course, the eight votes of the opposition MPs raised the issue of amnesty, which was once called reconciliation, and once forgiveness.


While the government seeks a solution for the amnesty related to the bloody April 27th from the “Committee for reconciliation”, the VMRO-DPMNE-led opposition already has an amnesty bill for all those who took part in the bloody event in the Parliament.


It seems that the price for the vote of opposition MPs in the Parliament comes with a bill of conflicts which will follow the political debate in Macedonia in the coming days. Reconciliation as an idea sounds good, but the consequences it brings seems to be with many other messages that open up a wide range of interpretations of the “impunity for the crime”.


Any possible amnesty undoubtedly puts to the test the morality of all previous statements by government officials that the perpetrators (perpetrators of offenses) must account before the law. This undoubtedly opens yet another debate about the whole morality of politics as a dimension of values ​​in which epicentre is man, freedom and his dignity.


Certainly, Prime Minister Zaev may be facing the necessary pragmatism dictated by the entire political context for “reconciliation” of the contradictions. An unpleasant situation, but also with many uncertainties, but above all with a huge burden on the holy justice, which he himself announced as a functional means of justice institutions. Moreover, because the bloody event in the Parliament was qualified as terrorism.


Another fact remains very important in all these developments with the amnesty. Ziadin Sela, the leader of the Alliance for Albanians, suffered the most that bloody night. He was beaten to death that evening. For Sela, the idea of ​​reconciliation remains unacceptable. Sela said that no one should knock on his door regarding any reconciliation or amnesty.

On the one hand, there is the idea of ​​reconciliation through the Committee in the Parliament which should not, as it is said, influence the judiciary, and on the other side, there is the bill for amnesty by the opposition for all participants on the bloody 27th of April. Somewhere in these proposals for “forgiveness” and “amnesty” lies a profound moral dilemma that is commented on in the public. Between the expectations for punishment, which represents the sensitivity of the majority of citizens who voted for this government, there is a political pragmatism that threatens to degenerate the entire legal system. Political tensions and tensions in the legal system in Macedonia are endless.


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