Macedonia dismisses attorney general after marathon debates

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-18 00:46:47|Editor: yan
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SKOPJE, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- After several weeks of harsh debates between majority and opposition lawmakers, Macedonian parliament voted Thursday to dismiss Attorney General Marko Zvrlevski.

With 64 votes in favor and none against, Macedonia put an end to debates by removing Zvrlevski from office.

Zvrlevski's removal from office was made possible by the votes of the ruling coalition, since the lawmakers of the largest opposition party here, VMRO-DPMNE, were not present for the vote in parliament.

According to VMRO-DPMNE, the motion to dismiss attorney general was unlawful and unacceptable.

After taking over office a few months ago, the Macedonian government chaired by Zoran Zaev filed a motion for Zvrlevski's dismissal.

According to the government, the reasons for the motion were based on his poor, unprofessional performance, and failing to bring criminal charges against those who had allegedly committed illegal acts, thus undermining the reputation of the Attorney Generals' Office.

But VMRO-DPMNE Members of Parliament (MPs) consider the motion unsubstantiated, citing Article 8 of the electoral code, which bans the appointment and dismissal of public officials after elections have been called.

They have also accused the government of shifting the public's attention away from the real problems and concerns of the country and towards political infighting.