Quick and slow political resignations

Ivica Celikovic. Free Press Archive

Political leaders, the media, and the general public would probably be more willing to understand political accountability and resignations if it did so through a conciliatory perspective.

"It seems worth considering, given that the resignations and change of government in many places, as in the case of Macedonia, take place in a tense conflict environment of political irreconcilability, followed by revanchism, further deepening of hatred and divisions." "cleaning up" the administrative echelons to bring in own party members and halflings, threatening with imprisonment for "nonsense, crime, nepotism and the mafia criminal association of the previous government."

And in conditions when the winner of the elections after long tensions and coalition bargaining takes over the government, but to a large extent the control over the three pillars of the division of power in the system. It is interesting that the number of individuals who fight "like a lion" for top positions in the parties, to get a chance to decide on the future and development of the country, but also on the fate of defeated political competitors is still not small. The Macedonian political milieu is full of figures who have been parading in the parliament and the media for years, entangling themselves in the role of party soldiers of trust, whose basic motto is - "the conquest of power justifies all means", without feeling any responsibility to explain what way they themselves strive to stimulate social development and democracy.

Macedonia is certainly not an isolated case in the region where politics works with a number of similarities. A good example in this context is the former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who initially had a short term, in conditions of severe financial crisis in the country, and explained the reasons for his resignation, among other things, claiming that his government can not take responsibility for what the previous government did, including the country's enormous indebtedness. "We did not do that," Tsipras said at the time. Thus ended the rapid political resignation of Tsipras, who soon became prime minister again. But at the same time, the question remains how to ensure a long-term approach to taking responsibility for the country's development, if the change of government is reduced to mutual accusations of omissions and inconsistencies.

Each country has its own crises and problems that need to be addressed politically. In Western countries, political resignations are not uncommon, for example, in the event of an election defeat, although some prime ministers or ministers manage to return to power. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lвенwen, who already faced a no-confidence vote in parliament this summer and was forced to resign, has since been re-appointed prime minister. But Lowen recently resigned to give the Social Democrats' new leader, who is due to be elected, enough time before next year's election. Such and similar castlings provoke debate precisely on the issue of the problem associated with high-ranking politicians and the attitude towards responsibility and long-term commitment in politics.

But to take responsibility for the omissions and mistakes made in connection with one's own political role, even when the mistakes may not be directly related to the politician's personality and intentions, is considered a much greater act, deeper and more dignified, than is usually interpreted from a position. to the daily political accusations and the use of the shown weaknesses as an argument to demand resignations.

Ultimately, the conscious taking of political responsibility always takes place in special circumstances, mostly in order to establish and strengthen the fundamental set-up and smooth functioning of democratic principles. Therefore, theoretically, the elections are actually considered as a real opportunity to demand responsibility, where the citizens can with their votes show who they are dissatisfied with.

But what the theory partially overlooks is the fact that politicians leave, but long-term consequences of the way they govern remain, which means that in that sense it is significantly more difficult to find forms of accountability. One is that it can be understood and interpreted as taking responsibility for oneself, and it is quite another that it is imposed as a transfer of responsibility, and as a result of one's own policy and its consequences on someone else.

No Macedonian party in the past decades has been celebrated with the moral aspects of taking responsibility for the results of its own policy for which it has gained the trust of the voters. "VMRO-DPMNE, trying to take advantage of the moment and present itself to the public as a renewed moral compass in society, with unprecedented persistence demands the resignation of ministers from the ranks of SDSM, without manifesting in a more serious way readiness to face their own ministerial" achievements ”and ignoring the demands for their resignations during the previous ten years of rule.

In the Macedonian political reality, the resignations are the least fast, and they are not even slow, when they will finally happen. They are always intrusive under strong pressure, and regardless of ideological differences, which are often used as a cover to blur the critique that seeks to take political responsibility. But whether they are fast or slow, they are actually necessary to build trust in the democratic system and its importance to those who see it as a key goal in democratic elections in the comfortable seating of the cabinet.


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