MACEDONIA KICKS OFF LUSTRATION
Macedonian Parliament set up Facts Verification Commission, which marks the launch of lustration process in the country.
The legislators, both of the governing coalition and of opposition parties, hailed the composition of Lustration Commission. The motion was previously agreed by the country's four largest parties. All 87 lawmakers present at today's session voted 'yes'.
The parliament has named Agim Mehmeti, a journalist from Skopje, to head the new panel. Georgi Malkovski, historian, was named as deputy head.
The panel will include 11 members.
The ruling VMRO-DPMNE welcomed the election of Lustration Commission, adding that it hopes the Commission would successfully wrap up the "historic task".
DUI, government ally, hopes that the Commission will work with high responsibility and that it will not turn into "witch-hunting" panel.
Opposition SDSM said the Commission has a "difficult and serious task" and it must resist eventual political pressure.
Opposition DPA also welcomed the formation of Commission, noting that it's very important that the panel is chaired by opposition.
Macedonia is among a few European countries that have not completed lustration.