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North Macedonia, double elections in the spring

2023-12-04 19:55:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

North Macedonia, double elections in the spring

The leaders of the political parties in North Macedonia agreed on Monday on the date of the presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in 2024. In a meeting called by the Prime Minister and chairman of the Social Democratic League, Dimitar Kovacevski, where almost all the leaders participated of political parties, a consensus was reached that the first round of presidential elections will be held on April 24, 2024, while the second round will be held together with the parliamentary elections on May 8, 2024.

The chairman of the VMRO-DPMNE party, Hristijan Mickovski, of the Social Democratic League, Dimitar Kovacevski, of the Democratic Union for Integration, Ali Ahmeti, of the Alliance for Albanians, Arben Taravari, the leaders of the parties of the European Movement for Change coalition were present at the meeting: Afrim Gashi, Bilall Kasami and Izet Mejhiti and the leaders of the smaller parties, with the exception of the leader of the "Left" party.

However, the leaders of the European Movement for Change coalition left the meeting very quickly on the grounds that the Speaker of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferi, did not want to hear about the changes in the State Election Commission.

However, the parties at the meeting also agreed with the continuation of the operation of the technical government, which will take office in the last 100 days of the government; in this case on January 28 of the following year. Hristijan Mickovski of VMRO also agreed with this, who was recently against the technical government, known as the "Perzhina" Government, because of the place where the political agreement was reached, a few years ago.

Based on the agreement between the partners of the current government coalition, SDSM and DUI, the prime minister of this interim government will pass to the Albanian party.

Unofficially, the SDSM will ask the DUI to leave the post of the speaker of the parliament to him in order to preserve the "ethnic balance", according to a part of the media in Skopje. But representatives of the government have not commented on this.

These will be the regular parliamentary elections that will be held after 17 years, and Prime Minister Kovacevski expressed satisfaction for this. "This means that the government managed to create additional stability, security and respect for law and order in accordance with the highest democratic principles", he emphasized.

Meanwhile, the chairman of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickovski, complained that the right to intervene in the Electoral Code six months before the elections was not respected. On the other hand, he does not give up blocking constitutional changes.

These changes, in all likelihood, will not be able to be approved by the current parliament, but will await its future composition. Mr. Mickovski estimates that there is no concrete offer for the "Europeanization" of the country from the EU, namely that the EU does not seem to be open to expansion.

The VMRO-led opposition is estimated to have significant influence among voters and could win the expected parliamentary elections. But, according to analysts, the coalition for the new government will be a challenging issue, because there is no real poll that would show the support of the Albanian parties, especially the Albanian opposition in North Macedonia.

Mr. Mickovki has emphatically emphasized the opposition to the formation of a government coalition with DUI, while he has lured the small Albanian parties for the future governing partnership./ VOA

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