Albanian parties increasingly nervous with upcoming Census April 28, 2010Posted by Yilan in Macedonia.
Tags: Albania, Albanians, Kosovo, Macedonia, Macedonians
The Albanian political parties in Macedonia show increasing signs of nervousness as the new census is approaching. It’s not only the parties in the opposition, it’s also DUI which is part of the ruling coalition.
The issue which has gained traction in the last couple of months has seen DUI and ND request more ethnic Albanians be employed in the State Statistical Office thinking this will contribute to the SSO counting more ‘Albanians’.
The reason for this request is that ethnic Albanians who publicly state their disloyalty towards Macedonia are afraid they would lose ministerial and other government positions as well as put the Ohrid Framework agreement in jeopardy if they fail to reach 25% of the total population.
Census experts state if the 2011 census goes smoothly, ethnic Albanians may look realistically into 16 to 17% of the total Macedonian population. The previous census was cited as fraudulent by members of Government, including the head of the SSO. In it, ethnic Albanians doubled their number from 12 to 25% within few years. The SSO head prior to his resignation gave details of ethnic Albanian villages numbering 200 people, reporting as having 1,400.
More details of fraud and its magnitude came during the last general elections when out of 2 million population, an incredible 1.82 million were registered as having the right to vote, meaning Macedonia has almost no children. This discrepancy (fraud) was noted by the EU as well.
DUI is expected to push for new general elections if VMRO doesn’t agree to come up with the magical 25%, just like the SDSM did years ago. DUI members also publicly have acknowledged, they enjoyed more being in a colaition with the SDSM because they were able to ‘run things’ without oversight.