Albanian 2nd Language in Macedonia, President Ivanov to Refuse Law
Albanian Daily News
Published January 17, 2018
Macedonian President, Gjorge Ivanov made it clear on Wednesday. He will not sign the law which passed last Thursday in Parliament, making Albanian the country’s second official language in Macedonia.
In a public statement, he declared that "the co-existence in Macedonia can be a reality if we will not adopt laws that only go in favor of the Albanians".
According to him, this law is against the Macedonian constitution.
A week ago, Macedonian Parliament, voted with 69 votes pro a draft law making Albanian the country's second official language, amid harsh criticism from the conservative opposition.
Ethnic Albanians make up a quarter of Macedonia's 2.1 million population.
The previous law, which arose from a 2001 peace deal that ended an armed conflict between ethnic Albanian rebels and government forces, secured the official use of the Albanian language in communities where the minority is more than 20 percent of the population.