Northern Macedonia – What led Zaef to resign – Who will succeed him

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Zoran Zaef submitted his resignation from the post of Prime Minister and the resignation of his government in the afternoon, in a letter to the Speaker of the Parliament and the MPs of Northern Macedonia.

The letter

In his letter, Zoran Zaef said he was stepping down as prime minister following the defeat of the ruling Social Democratic Party (SDSM) in the country’s municipal elections in late October. At the time, Zoran Zaef had announced that he would resign as party leader and prime minister.

During my term as Prime Minister, we took historic decisions, by which Northern Macedonia, instead of being a “former democracy”, without a permanent and dominant position in the League of Nations, took what belonged to it, in accordance with dignity and history. of its value. These decisions allowed the Macedonians and the Macedonian language to be confirmed by the whole world and this time by our neighbor and friend, Greece. “I believe that with this we have ensured lasting peace, security and a paved way for the economic prosperity of our people,” said Zoran Zaef, in his resignation letter to the Speaker of Parliament and the members of parliament of Northern Macedonia.

Deadline 10 days

Tomorrow, Parliament is expected to confirm, without debate, the resignations, and then the Speaker of Parliament will inform the President of the Republic, who must appoint a caretaker Prime Minister within ten days. The latter, from the moment he receives the mandate, must within 20 days present to the Parliament the program of his government and ask for a vote of confidence. The new government is expected to be finalized around mid-January 2022.

Zaef resigned from the SDSM leadership late last month, and a few days later internal elections were held in which incumbent Deputy Finance Minister Dimitar Kovacevski, who is considered a close ally of Z., emerged as the new leader of the ruling party.

The new prime minister

Dimitar Kovacevski, as announced by the SDSM, will be the new Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia.

In the current government, in addition to the SDSM and some smaller parties with which it cooperates, the largest Albanian party in Northern Macedonia, Ali Ahmeti’s DUI, also participates, while the new government will also include the Albanian party “Alternative”, the which will take over three ministries (Health, Public Administration and Diaspora).

Zoran Zaef has been the country’s prime minister since June 2017.

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