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Češinovo-Obleševo (Municipality, North Macedonia)

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Flag of Češinovo-Oblešovo - Image by Tomislav šipek, 7 March 2018

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Presentation of Češinovo-Obleševo

The municipality of Češinovo-Obleševo (in Cyrillic, Чешиново-Облешево 7,490 inhabitants; 132.2 sq. km) is made of the 14 villages of Banja, Burilčevo, Vrbica, Žigance, Kučično, Lepopelci, Novo Selani, Obleševo, Sokolarc, Spančevo, Teranci, Ularci, Češinovo, and Čiflik.

Obleševo is the administrative seat of the municipality. The merging of the two former municipalities of Češinovo and Obleševo was not so peaceful. Quoting MILS News, 22 February 2005:

With 55 votes for and one abstained the Parliament yesterday adopted the changes in the Law for territorial organization according to which there is going to be one municipality under the name Češinovo-Obleševo, and the HQ of the municipality will be located in Obleševo. The opposition abstained from voting and left the session prior to the voting. The MPs from the ruling majority did not accept the amendment submitted by the MPs from VMRO-National, Zarko Karadzoski and Cedomir Kralevski, which proposed that the two municipalities should continue to exist as independent ones, and after four years it should be evaluated which of the two municipalities has shown better results and which one should merge toward the other municipality. Karadzoski yesterday stated that the proposed solution by the Government will not reduce the tensions because it is obvious that the citizens from Češinovo and the citizens from Obleševo do not want to live in a joined municipality. The Minister of Local Government, Rizvan Sulejmani, stated that the amendment could not be accepted due to the fact that the two municipalities as independent municipalities would not be able to meet the citizens' demands.
As Channel 5 TV reports, the decision reached by the Parliament, which states that the HQ of the new municipality will be located in Obleševo, caused considerable revolt among the citizens who have for 20 days been blocking the road Štip-Kočani. The citizens yesterday burned the national flag as well as their party's membership booklets. Last night the blockade on the Štip-Kočani road was removed which allowed normalization of the traffic conditions. The citizens from Češinovo announced press conference for today, on which they will express their standpoints.
According to Dnevnik, the representatives from the local Government of Češinovo announced that they will challenge the Parliamentary decision in the Constitutional Court and will react at all authorized institutions. The Board for protests of Češinovo last night should have held a meeting to decide on the further activities.
As Channel 5 TV reports, the Ministry of Local Government yesterday sent a letter to the citizens from Češinovo stating that the continuation of the blockade will not help solve the problem but only cause bigger damages to the region. The Ministry of Local Government yesterday proposed referendum to be held in the 14 settlements of the municipality Češinovo-Obleševo after the local elections, on which the citizens will decide the future of the municipality. The Ministry promised to respect the decision from the referendum.
Yesterday the Ministry of Interior stated that it will press charges against those who had burned the national flag at the blockades in Češinovo.

Ivan Sache, 13 April 2007

Flag of Češinovo-Obleševo

The symbols of Češinovo-Obleševo were adopted on 16 December 2014. The flag of Češinovo-Obleševo (presentation; photo) is vertically divided white-red with a rice panicle, countercolored, in the center.

The colors and the charge are derived from the coat of arms. The three rice panicles represent the main crop in the municipality. The two stork's head recall that the town is part of the European Stork Villages network. The waves represent geothermal energy. The shield is surmounted by a palisade crown representing a rural municipality.
[Kanal 8, 16 December 2014]

The Macedonian European Stork Village of Češinovo-Obleševo is a "stork parish" comprising 11 small villages in all. Situated in the Bregalnica river basin, this parish provides the white stork with rich feeding grounds. The large rice fields, in particular, are home to a wide variety of amphibians. The Kocani-štip valley (a large part of which lies within the parish of Češinovo-Obleševo) is home to the second largest population of white storks in North Macedonia, with 180 pairs. Unlike the region of Pelagonia in the south, where the the largest populations of white storks are found, the number of storks in the Bregalnica river basin is currently table, even experiencing slight growth. The rice fields of the parish of Češinovo-Obleševo provide a valuable habitat not only for the white stork but also for a number of species of heron, such as the night heron, grey heron, little egret and the great white egret. Until now there were insufficient funds and know-how in the parish to carry out far-reaching conservation measures. As a member of the European Stork Village network they have been given an opportunity to develop strategies for sustainable stork protection.

Tomislav šipek & Ivan Sache, 7 March 2018

Former flag of Češinovo-Obleševo


Former flag of Češinovo-Oblešovo - Image by Nikolče Stojanoski, 10 August 2013

The former flag of Češinovo-Obleševo (photo) was diagonally divided yellow-red by a blue diagonal stripe charged with 14 yellow stars.

Nikolče Stojanoski, 10 August 2013

Former municipality of Obleševo


Flag of Obleševo - Image by Ivan Sache & Željko Heimer, 13 April 2007

When still an independent municipality, Obleševo had 5,071 inhabitants in 2002 and an area of 82 sq. km.
The flag of Oblesevo (Macedonian Ministry of Local Self-Government website, page no longer online), was red with an emblem clearly derived from the Sun of Vergina, but with only eight rays.

Ivan Sache, 13 April 2007