Macedonia

SDSM gathers enough support to form a government


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It is likely this week that the impasse caused by the inconclusive general election on 11th December 2016 may well be resolved.

Although the party that had run Macedonia for the past eleven years, the centre-right Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO DPMNE) emerged as the largest party in the election they ended up with just two more seats than their main rival the centre-left Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM).

After the election the VMRO DPMNE tried to form a new coalition but were unable to do so as their former allies, the centre-right and Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), refused to back them.

This weekend it looks as though the SDSM had secured the support of the DUI and its ten seats along with the five seats of the Besa Movement and the three seats of the “Alliance for the Albanians” coalition. Along with the 49 seats for the SDSM that would give the new coalition 67 seats when it needs 61 seats in the 120 seat Assembly of the Republic (Sobranie) to form a government.

Subsequently the SDSM presidency announced that it was going to nominate its leader, Zoran Zaev, as the prime ministerial candidate. President Gjorge Ivanov will now formally ask Zaev to form a government.

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