Todays Date
February 26, 2020


By Bardhyl ZAIMI

April will be a month of elections. Macedonia will have to elect a president of the state. Political parties have started their strategies and tactics. The two parties in the Macedonian political bloc, SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE have already opened contests to reach the name of a possible candidate. The calculations in the Albanian political bloc continue. DUI repeatedly reiterates that it remains for a consensual candidate, suggesting that this will be the best choice for the ruling coalition. Meanwhile, there are announcements for a candidate of SDSM without taking into consideration the idea of a president who would be eligible for the coalition partners. Prime Minister Zaev has also invited other political parties “to become aware of the principle of a consensus candidate for president”.
It seems that the idea for a consensus president has incited “intolerance” that is currently “moderate” among the coalition partners. DUI leader Ali Ahmeti in a TV debate gave the “encoded” message to the SDSM leader Zoran Zaev that not every candidate proposed by his party will be supported as a consensual candidate.
Earlier the DUI leader Ali Ahmeti showed willingness to talk about a common candidate with the opposition in the Albanian political bloc, but the idea was turned down by the parties with the explanation that Ahmeti returns to the joint Albanian candidate after failing in the idea of a consensual candidate. The AA leader Zijadin Sela warned that Albanian parties in Macedonia are seriously thinking about an Albanian presidential candidate. According to him, the Albanian vote should not flow in the direction of the candidacies that come from the Macedonian political entities.
Although there are still no final decisions of political parties for candidacies for the presidential elections, one thing is certain, until the last moment they will be tactful to emphasize the party omen. At a time when it is not known whether there will be or not early parliamentary elections, presidential elections seem to be a good opportunity to measure party “power”. The struggle for political legitimacy seems inevitable. In this battle, the mechanisms for establishing in the electorate are selected depending on the circumstances and depending on the goals of “absorbing” more electors.
The presidential elections are likely to determine the political presence of each political entity, but also the intention to show political “triumphalism” in the future. There are decisions and party rhetoric that are likely to generate opposed and disqualified relationships. Each party with its big idea, each party with the idea of empowerment in the electorate. Each party with elective mathematics that exceeds the victory or loss of the presidential election. A party collision that does not take into account the nature of the presidential election and the election of the head of state. Many time the focus on elections has been lost and it has been moved to the rhetoric of boasting and domination that essentially has the power without taking care of the vision, principles, and practices offered by the elections no matter what elections it is about.
Party egocentrism has always won over the conduct of good democratic ideas, which would correlate with the expectations of the citizens. Of course, those who seek rationality in politics are idealists. Politics requires passion, requires harmonization, requires the psychology of the crowd to absorb as many voters as possible in order to win over the other in any way. The party matrix in this case turns to a single orbit for functioning. Any overtaking of this matrix is considered a weakness, maybe even disappointment for all those who stop only on the basis of this logic.
This kind of politics understanding usually excludes openness, cooperation, common vision and the interest of most citizens. This political logic requires the prototype of party partization, which always remains loyal to the structure, the branch and the whole logic that implies ideological conservation as a kind of “survival” of the increasingly expressive and hysterical political scene.
Political sensitivities in the presidential election have not been revealed yet, which ultimately reflects this concept of “triumphalism”, simply party, even though they are covered by the discourse of “cooperation”. The ability to impose full party positions prevents the presidential candidate from finding himself beyond these ideological matrices.
In the party agendas, the profile and performance of the next president will probably be lost. All the time, the fog of these agendas covers clear views, modern concepts and platforms, as well as campaigns that are more understood as a boxing ring than an agora of ideas that open up other horizons of knowledge.
Macedonia needs an inclusive president, a president who will stand above ideological, ethnic and other divisions. President, who, in addition to exercising his/her powers, will also be a promoter of another inclusive vision for all citizens of the country. President for whom a citizen is above everything, not a president who will be “blinded” by party colors. President who will be a step ahead of the government and party interests. Will Macedonia find such a president? We will see!


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