SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of people attended a march in North Macedonia’s capital Monday in support of landmark judicial reforms approved just before parliament was dissolved for early elections.
The “Walk for Justice” rally, held in Skopje a day after the reforms were approved, was organized by the outgoing Social Democrat government.
The new law was a key condition in the country’s bid to join the European Union. It will hand back control of major cases of corruption and organized crime to the public prosecution office.
Before, such cases were handled by a special prosecutor’s office, which became mired in controversy and was the subject of bitter rivalry between the Social Democrats and the main opposition conservatives. That office was dismantled last year.
“Our people are eager for justice,” said Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, who stepped down as prime minister last month in preparation for the elections. “Honorable judges, it is now up to you to deliver justice.”
The parliamentary election is due to be held in April.