Ilinden: abolition of municipalities Gora and Golo Brdo is a step backwards for the Macedonians’ rights

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Macedonian Association “Ilinden” from Tirana and its branch in Golo Brdo evaluate the proposal of the government in Albania regarding territorial reforms in the country which abolishes part of municipalities with majority Macedonians, which is a step back in terms of respect for their rights.

According to “Ilinden”, Municipality Pustec is not abolished and remains a separate municipality, while municipalities Steblevo, Trebiste, Golem Ostren in Golo Brdo, as well as municipalities Shishtavec and Zapod in Gora in all five variants would be merged with other municipalities.

– Municipality Pustec retains its status. But municipalities in areas near Golo Brdo and Gora, populated mainly with Macedonians, have no luck. All five variants that are proposed by the minister of local affairs, proposed merging with other municipalities. “Ilinden” in Tirana proposed to Albanian Government and Minister of and local affairs, municipalities in Golo Brdo and Gora to remain separate or organize one municipality for each district. Merging municipalities is a step back in terms of respecting the rights of the Macedonian national minorities, “Ilinden” said.

Macedonian Association “Ilinden”- Tirana and its branch in Golo Brdo hope that the Government of the Republic of Albania,and PM Edi Rama will not allow abolishing municipalities in Golo Brdo and Gora.

A public debate on these proposals follows in the next two months and in late July the Albanian Parliament will vote on the redistricting reform.


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