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PPD'S comeback prompts diverse reactions.

The news that Muhamet Halili intends to re-new the first political party of Albanians in Mac-edonia--the Party for Democratic Prosperity (PPD) that disappeared from the Macedonian po-litical arena two years ago--has prompted di-verse reactions from relevant political parties as well as from political analysts. Halili, former vice president of the party, an MP and an ambassa-dor, said efforts were made to hold the inaugural meeting of the party by the end of January, Dnevnik reports.

"Together with some Albanian intellectuals we are making much effort to recreate this party. Our goal is to reinstate the right policy for Albanians in Macedonia. We are ready for new elections," Halili said.

However, he refused to reveal any other de-tails as to who backs this initiative beside him, what platform and program the renewed PPD is going to act by and what the "right policy" for Albanians in the country means. He rather re-ferred Dnevnik's reporter to Xh eladin Murati, his former fellow party member, for more information.

"I am a member of the initiative board for reactivation of PPD. The initiative is supported by both old and new party staff that believe it is in-dispensable for the first political party of Albani-ans in Macedonia to be renewed. For now I can-not speak of any names or who the leaders would be because what we need to do first is to collect signatures and register the party," Murati said.

He also informed that he expected former PPD staff that have gone to other parties in the meantime to return to PPD. However, former distinguished members of PPD that Dnevnik talked to and that wish to remain anonymous doubt that Halili's initiative is feasible. They comment that besides Halili and Murati, no one important from PPD's former leadership is included in the initiative.

The parties of the Macedonian and the Albanian political blocs that Dnevnik talked to have different opinions of the possibility of reactivat-ing PPD. While VMRO -DPMNE and RDK have welcomed the initiative, SDSM and PDSH are still silent, and BDI commented there was no need for a new political party in the Albanian political campus.

"Every initiative for additional political engagement of intellectuals is to be welcome be-cause it can improve the political picture and of-fer in Macedonia," said Ilija Dimovski from VMRO-DPMNE.

RDK President Rufi Osmani said such initiatives were commonplace in every democracy.

"I wish them all the best in this distorted political market," he said.

On the other hand, Ali Ahmeti's party believes that there is no room for a new party and that two parties of Albanians are quite enough to articulate the voters' needs.

"We believe that more parties would only delegitimize the Albanian vote and reduce the relevance of Albanians in Parliament. Thanks to Rufi Osmani's RDK, Albanians lost five parliamentary seats in the last elections. This is part of some kind of agenda to make Albanians less significant," Bujar Osmani, spokesperson for BDI, said.

Neither parties nor former PPD officials wish to comment whether this is an authentic initiative for renewing the firs political party of Albanians in Macedonia.

"The formation of a new party is master-minded by someone working at the peril of Alba-nians," a functionary said on the condition of anonymity.

Analyst Edmond Ademi believes the initiative to renew PPD is a product of the current situa-tion in the Albanian political bloc.

"Albanians are emotional when it comes to PPD because it was the first party of Albanians and was the strongest in terms of its staff com-pared to BDI and PDSH's intellectual offer today. There is a need for a new Albanian party. If PPD is renewed, its driving force should be new people rather than old staff because that is the only way in which they can hope for success," Ademi says.

PPD reached its height in the middle of the 1990s; started losing its influence following the conflict of 2001; and disappeared altogether after the elections in 2011 in which it polled only 800 votes. Its first president was Nevzat Halili, succeeded by Xheladin Murati, Abdurahman Aliti, Imer Imeri, who chaired the party during the conflict of 2001, Andulmenaf Bexheti and Abdulhadi Vejseli. At the time the party's demise it was chaired by Sejfedin Haruni.
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Date:Jan 13, 2014
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