Thursday, March 26, 2009
freemalesia endorses FORCA e Re
The team of freemalesia is proud to announce our support and endorsement of the New Democratic Party FORCA in the 29 March general election in Montenegro.
Forca has been an advocate for Albanian rights throughout Montenegro and has pioneered many community and national activities bringing forth the contribution of Albanians in Montenegro. At the same time the group has highlighted the continued problems within Albanian communities where ruling government coalitions have failed to address and provide remedies for improvement. These problems have stretched in the realm of discrimination with respect to employment, education, gender, representation, economy and minority rights proliferation.
The Party was founded on October 22, 2005 as a local minority party representing the Albanian population in Ulcinj. Nazif Cingu was elected as its president at the founding assembly. In April 2008, FORCA opened a branch of its party in Tuz.
It the last legislative elections for five Albanian parliamentary representatives in Montenegro on 10th September, 2006, Forca failed to win a seat in parliament.
Genci Nimanbegu is Forca's candidate at the top of their party list that would ascend to take a seat in the 81-seat parliament if they win.
We at freemalesia encourage all Albanian registered voters to exercise their inherent rights as citizens and vote for the party most closely aligned with your social, political and economic views ... VOTE FOR FORCA!
Posted by Conference Organizer at 1:32 PM
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Good endoresement, they are the only Albanian party in Montenegro that is organized, professional, and really intends to meet their party platform.
Votoni për Shqiptarët! Votoni për të drejta të barabarta! Voto për Forca!
Polls suggest that Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), which has held power since the advent of democracy in 1991, will win another four-year mandate. The opposition's inability to form a coalition will probably simplify the DPS's task.
Together with its smaller coalition partner, Ranko Krivokapic's Social Democratic Party (SDP) and with support from the national minorities' parties -- the Bosniak Party and the Croatian Civic Initiative -- the DPS is confident of a sweeping victory. It promises voters a fast track European integration, major investments in infrastructure and a higher living standard.
According to Centre for Democracy and Human Rights findings published last week, Djukanovic's coalition has 51.5% of the vote. Of the 15 opposition parties, the closest to the DPS is Srdjan Milic's Socialist People's Party (SNP), trailing far behind at 17%.
The DPS's trump card is its charismatic standard-bearer, Djukanovic.
"The DPS is going to ... send a clear message to our opponents," he said at a campaign rally, "that we are ... willing to take responsibility for the security and prosperity of Montenegro and for a policy that takes us safely to our European destination".
The DPS and its leader have only grown in strength since the passage of the referendum on independence in May 2006. The ruling party contends that only it can save Montenegro from the global economic crisis.
According to media reports last month, the government was contemplating whether to eliminate 30,000 public sector jobs. Reports on Saturday (March 21st) said the KAP aluminum smelter, the country's largest exporter, faced closure as aluminum prices crashed.
The DPS promises to fight the economic crisis with ambitious infrastructure projects such as construction of a north-south highway and by investing generously in the tourism and energy sectors.
The opposition, though, warns against the danger of entrenching the DPS as a ruling party and opening Montenegro to the risk of corruption and organised crime. Last October, Italian prosecutors charged seven of Djukanovic's associates and seven Italians with cigarette smuggling.
Such are the warnings of Andrija Mandic's New Serbian Democracy (polling at about 12%) and Nebojsa Medojevic's Movement for Changes (polling at 6.3%). Mandic and Medojevic also assure the public that they have their own remedies for Montenegro's ailing, import-dependent economy, while Milic's SNP insists on welfare benefits for the country's most vulnerable residents.
All other opposition parties are at the lower end in the poll ratings, unable to obtain the necessary number of votes to win seats in parliament, or are far too small to entertain such a hope. Parties need to gain 10,000 to 13,000 votes to win any seats in parliament in a country of 500,000 registered voters.
Don't you all see what's going on with these early elections?
Dukanovic sees teh writing on teh wall; that the global economic crisis is going to make him very unpopular in the coming year, and as a result, he decided to lock his grip on power by holding these elections ASAP before his popularity wanes.
True, but what are the Albanians doing to off-set this?
Does his hegemony affect the Albanian community in any way, moreso than the rest of the population? If so, how?
The bottom line here is that Albanian pol parties are not united, not even under a single banner/cause.
What a shame, such a small percentage and cannot unite to create a bigger voice.
I guess we can sum it up by an Albanian proverb -- it was written for them to suffer like this.
As far as FORCA is concerned, YES it is a good party and I hope they take a seat in Parliament, they are much more deserving than those other villagers.
Keta te Forces nuk jane kurrfar pioneresh te kerkesavet per te drejtat e shqiptarevet ne MZ,por vetem do biznismena qe i kan do pare,por parja nuk i ben dot patriota por perkundrazi.
Duket se ty zotri Viktor te paskan la trut keta te lvizjes e e ke humb pamvarsin qe e kishe dikur.
A mendon se partitë e tjera politike nuk janë krijua për të biznesit dhe interesat e tyre?
Të paktën, këtu ne kemi një parti që ka stimuluar elektoratit Shqiptar ne MZ. Shqiptarët (dhe Diaspora) janë të lodhur nga politika e Vaselit, Dinoshes, Bardhit, Camajt, etc., dhe kanë nevojë për udhëheqjes profesionale dhe diçka "freskuese."
Dhe ne të gjithë e dimë shumë mirë se çka liderët tanë nga Malesi kanë prodhuar për ne në dhjetë vitet e fundit, premtime të thyera.
Blindness and ignorance continues to plague our people in Malesia!
Think progressively and learn to speak analytical, for we all know very well that those Albanian leaders in the same posts have failed over and over on their campaign promises.
You have the power to vote deputies in and vote them out. Re-assess (retroactively) the policies of those leaders of yester-year, then cast your vote.
If you follow this simple formula Mark, then you will vote Force e Re.
The pathetic attempt for Albanians to unite (and its consequences thereafter) are a clear sign that their political future in Montenegro is doomed.
Who are these candidates? What qualifications do they possess? What experiences do they bring with them? Do they know what it takes to legislate in a parliament?
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
As they say, we are stuck with the cards we are dealt, but for some of us, it is not an option. We will not support any of these cartoon characters anymore, let them self-destruct and perhaps then (and only then) will their be new hope in someoen else or some other group that can see through all the hate, paranoia, and self-interest at the expense of human dignity and self-righteousness.
Pray for Albanians in Montenegro, pray for all of them.
Uncertainty clouds Montenegro
When Montenegrins go to the polls tomorrow no one doubts the ruling coalition under Milo Djukanovic, the prime minister who achieved independence in 2006, will win again.
Yet a cloud hangs over the early parliamentary elections, which Mr Djukanovic called before people could feel the full impact of global recession on the Balkan state of just 650,000 people.
Concern is centring on the country's largest industrial company, Aluminium Plant Podgorica, KAP, which accounts for nearly half of goods exports and 20 per cent of gross domestic product. Officials this week starting admitting that the company has no viable future beyond a few more months.
Oleg Deripaska, the Russian metals billionaire who bought the outdated industry shortly before independence, has refused the government's offer of a €20m ($26.6m, £18.6m) liquidity loan to stave off creditors, said Igor Luksic, finance minister.
The government proposed taking Mr Deripaska's shares back and trying to run KAP without him. The lossmaking smelter and bauxite mine employs 4,000 workers, while aluminium exports keep the railway and port of Bar busy.
"In the mid to long run, we understand that the aluminium industry will lose its relevance, with energy and further tourism development," Mr Luksic told the FT. "But for the time being, it is still relevant."
But KAP would still face low world metal prices and expensive electricity, officials admit.
"They were clever enough to [call] their elections early . . . and then come out with the bad news" about KAP, said Vladimir Gligorov, a Balkan specialist at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies. "How bad? We'll find out."
Mr Deripaska's takeover of the newly privatised KAP three years ago signalled economic confidence in the smallest ex-Yugoslav republic - a helpful boost before Mr Djukanovic's peaceful referendum to split from Serbia. But arguments over the price of electricity, which Montenegro had to import to supply the smelter adequately, soon poisoned the partnership.
Mr Djukanovic has led the smallest ex-Yugoslav republic - alternating as president and prime minister - for nearly two decades, apart from briefly stepping out of office after independence.
Opposition leaders accuse his government of selling a "virtual reality" of new foreign investments, in contrast to the floundering banking sector, lost tourism revenues and the looming KAP shutdown. But as economic fears grow, many voters would prefer the devil they know - or "Certainty" as Mr Djukanovic's campaign slogan puts it.
Opinion polls point to a landslide re-election, with his Democratic Party of Socialists, in coalition with other centre-left allies and ethnic minority parties, set to capture more than 50 per cent of votes cast. Two former Serb loyalist parties are battling for second place at 12-16 per cent each. The anti-corruption Group for Changes has plummeted to 6 per cent, according to the most reliable polls.
"Montenegro set to re-elect long-term leader as economic crisis deepens"
MONTENEGRO IS poised to re-elect the coalition of long-term leader Milo Djukanovic tomorrow, as the economic crisis takes hold of the former Yugoslav republic and a recent torrent of foreign investment dries up.
Polls suggest Mr Djukanovic’s For a European Montenegro alliance will win more than 50 per cent of votes in the general election, beating a fractious opposition that has failed to dent his popularity with repeated allegations of cronyism, corruption and economic mismanagement.
Mr Djukanovic (47) has ruled Montenegro as president and prime minister for most of the past 20 years, entering office when it was still part of Yugoslavia, continuing during its loose union with Serbia after the federation’s collapse, and in 2006 declaring independence from Belgrade.
Foreign investment has poured into the country in recent years, most of it into property developments along the Adriatic coast, and much of it originating in Russia.
But that flow has become a trickle this year, tourist numbers are expected to be down this summer, and the most optimistic forecasts put economic growth for 2009 at 0 per cent to 2 per cent.
Most troubling for Mr Djukanovic are fears that Montenegro’s main exporter, aluminium maker Kap, could be forced to close after a sharp fall in world prices and demand for the metal, and under the weight of the huge debt bill faced by its owner, Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska.
Last week, about 2,000 Kap workers protested outside government headquarters over its possible closure, demanding that the country’s leaders save the lossmaking plant, which accounts for about 40 per cent of Montenegro’s entire industrial production.
Opposition politicians have long accused Mr Djukanovic of being too close to rich investors like Mr Deripaska.
Mr Djukanovic denies all accusations of corruption and cronyism, and insists Montenegro is well-placed to weather the downturn and push for EU membership.
Albanian Diaspora should not take sided on favoring or endorsing any individual Albanian political parties in Montenegro. By endorsing and supporting one Albanian party, causes more harm than good, and create even a foggier environment for the Albanian electorate. In my opinion, Albanian Diaspora should encourage, campaign, and make phone calls to relatives and friends in Montenegro, urging them to vote for the Albanian political parties….and not casting their votes for Montenegrin political parties, and that is it! Based on the fundamental democratic voting rights, the Albanian voters in Montenegro have the right to cast their vote of their individual preference; Diaspora needs to learn and respect this basic civil right!
Montenegro votes in early polls
Sixteen parties and coalitions are running in Montenegro's election
People in Montenegro are voting in an early parliamentary election as PM Milo Djukanovic seeks a mandate to speed up efforts to join the EU and Nato.
Sixteen parties and coalitions are running, but only four are expected to win places in the 81-seat parliament.
The parliament of the tiny former Yugoslav republic was dissolved by President Filip Vujanovic in January.
He said a fresh mandate was needed to pursue Montenegro's drive for Nato and EU membership and to speed up reforms.
Speaking to reporters after voting, Mr Djukanovic said it was important that the country showed it was capable of further economic and social development.
"What matters today is that Montenegro continues its dynamic economic development, that it will preserve social stability during the crisis," he said.
Mr Djukanovic's ruling pro-European coalition is expected to win a convincing victory, says the BBC's Balkans correspondent Helen Fawkes.
The main opposition parties - all of which favour closer ties with Serbia - say the election was called before Montenegro's once-booming economy was hit by the full impact of the global financial crisis.
The country's economy, especially the tourism sector, has grown robustly since 2006 when Montenegro ended its union with Serbia.
But the economy could go into recession later this year, our correspondent adds.
With around half a million eligible voters, polls are due to close at 1900 GMT.
Preliminary results will be released on Monday, with final official results expected two weeks later.
Mr Djukanovic has been in charge of Montenegro on and off since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in 1991.
His opponents say his time in office has been characterised by corruption
The Albanian Diaspora has the right and obligation to take sides because we have worked harder than those in Montenegro to bring equal rights to the region; without the Diaspora Albanians in MZ would be finished!
There are better paties and candidates than others; and we need to voice our opinions collectively so they vote for the right person to take the seat.
Are you voting for Nikolle Gegaj? Are you voting for Milo?
I guess your answer would be NO! and for these reasons we have to voice who is best fitted for the posts!
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