The ruling party VMRO-DPMNE and the biggest opposition party SDSM have formed an inquiry committee to investigate the events that took place on December 24, 2012, when the opposition was ejected from the parliament following an attempt to prevent 2013 budget bill debate, state news agency MIA reported. The committee will be chaired by law professor Borce Davitkovski.
In December 2012, the opposition claimed that the planned expenditure and debt levels are excessively high and tried to prevent the debate on the budget. Security guards then forced SDSM party members out of the parliament building. Following the incident, SDSM started a campaign of civil disobedience. After EU-sponsored negotiations, SDSM agreed on March 1 to return to the parliament and not to boycott the local elections (that were held on March 24 eventually). Forming the committee is one of the elements of the March 1 agreement.
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