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Employing Albanians

Teke mosque (
Teke mosque

The last three years have brought a considerable increase in employment of Albanians in the state administration, a key provision of the Ohrid Agreement. In 2002 ESI counted only three Albanians in slightly more important administrative positions in Kicevo: the director of the centre for social assistance, the secretary of the municipal council and the deputy police commander.

By autumn 2005, there were 20, including the director of the Kicevo hospital, the director of the biggest (of three) primary schools, police station commanders in Zajas and Oslomej, the deputy police commander and the deputy commander of uniformed police in Kicevo. Six outlets of ministries are headed by Albanians. And also other administrative institutions, from the outlet of the health fund to the sports centre, are now led by Albanians.

Albanian staffing is increasing also on the lower levels. Albanian policemen in the Kicevo region doubled to 85 (of a total of some 350). At the hospital it increased by from 33 to 57, while the total number decreased from some 365 to 312. In the Sande Sterjoski primary school the number of Albanian employees increased from 51 to 58, while the number of ethnic Macedonians decreased from 74 to 65.

Saziman Alili, a former politician, now director of the Kicevo hospital, sees dramatic change: "For Albanians now it's not 100 percent better, it's 300 percent better!" While others are more critical or cautious in their assessment, most Albanians admit that the situation clearly changes for the better.

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