Speaker Xhaferi to sign the Macedonian Law on Languages himself?

Inauguration of Talat Dzaferi; Photo: Assembly of Macedonia / Wikimedia Commons

SKOPJE – Seven days after the Law on the Use of Languages was voted in Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, President Gjorge Ivanov had refused to sign the Decree for its entry into force, and now it is still not clear what will happen further on.

Such a situation has not been foreseen by the Constitution, which, although it says that the president should sign the law after a second parliament vote, it is not clear what happens if he does not sign it.

According to the explanation of the legislative process on the Parliament’s website, in normal conditions the law should have been published in the Official Gazette, i.e. within 7 days from the vote.

When Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi was asked what they are going to do regarding this issue, he answered in a laconic manner that “there are variations”.

Some experts believe that if he does not sign the decree, Ivanov will face criminal charges, and the Public Prosecutor, officially, will have to process the case.

According to university professor Temelko Ristovski, Ivanov’s refusal means intimidating the part of the legislative competence, which creates a duality, i.e. a conflict of competent bodies.

In the meantime, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi stressed that the president is obliged to sign the law, because it was voted in a legal procedure.

The idea was put forward if Ivanov for a long time refuses to approve the law so it could be published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia in order to be put in force, Xhaferi will be able to sign the decree, as second in rank – after the president of the state.