Ivanov has days to appoint a designate Prime Minister
Tuesday, 03 January 2017

Following the early general elections, President Gjorge Ivanov is under a deadline of 10 days to award the mandate to form the next Government to the party or parties that have majority in Parliament. The deadline began on December 30th, when the Parliament was constituted.

After President Ivanov awards the mandate, the candidate has 20 days to propose a Government and its program to Parliament, to be elected with a majority of at least 61 votes. Speaking on Sunday, President Ivanov said that he will respect the constitutionally set deadlines.

The conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, on whose ticket Ivanov was elected, has 51 seats in Parliament, followed by the social-democratic SDSM party with 49. The Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) which ruled in coalition with VMRO-DPMNE since 2008 has 10 seats, and is followed by the recently formed BESA party with 5, the Alliance of Albanians with 3 and the Democratic Party of Albanians with 2 seats.

Direct meddling by Albania

DUI and Edi Rama, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, were attempting to bring the different parties that represent ethnic Albanians together to submit a joint platform in talks with the two largest parties. Albanian parties saw their seats in Parliament greatly reduced after SDSM campaigned to gain votes from ethnic Albanians, which also allowed this party to narrow the victory margin of the VMRO-DPMNE party. This also complicates the traditional convention that the winning party among ethnic Macedonians goes on to form a coalition with the party that wins the most votes among ethnic Albanians.


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