Zaev Resigns; The technical government of North Macedonia is voted

Zaev Resigns; The technical government of North Macedonia is voted
 
 The Assembly of North Macedonia with 101 votes in favor and no against has voted for the Technical Government, which will operate for the next 100 days, or until the early elections on April 12.

The cabinet will be headed by Oliver Spasovski, the current Minister of Internal Affairs, who said to lawmakers that the top priority of this government will be the organization and smooth running of early parliamentary elections.

"The new government will continue the course so far for achieving the country's Euro-Atlantic integration. We are in an extremely important period when we expect the smooth functioning of all institutions. It is a time when must be organized fair and democratic elections, akso to fulfill all the obligations arising from the country's NATO and EU accession process" Spasovski said.

The opposition VMRO DPMNE is also taking part in the technical government, which will run two ministries and three deputy ministers.

The new Minister of Internal Affairs is Naqe Çulev, while the Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Rashela Mizrah.

Under the Law on Government, the ministers and deputy ministers will work according to the principle known as "affiliated firms", which means that no decision related to the electoral process can be adopted without the consent of the minister and deputy minister.

The current Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, had earlier submitted his resignation to the Assembly, as stipulated by the Law on Government, adopted under the Përzhina Agreement, that prior to each election cycle there should be a technical government, which will have its top priority the smooth running of the electoral process.

"Today I have resigned in accordance with the agreement between the parties and in accordance with the Law on Government Work. The resignation has been submitted to the Assembly and I hope that the election of the technical government will go on normally. I hope we will have free and democratic elections on April 12," said Zoran Zaev, the resigned Prime Minister.

VMRO DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickovski said he believes the SDSM's ruling will end in the upcoming elections.

"We are on the brink of a great challenge, when we need convincingly to overcome lies, crime, corruption, shame, humiliation and all that has been the reality of our political scene for three years now. Zaev will fall, and together with the people we will overcome all the obstacles that he and some of his few supporters have put in this path," Mickovski said before the Assembly session on electing a technical government.

Early parliamentary elections on April 12th were decided at a meeting of political party leaders on October 20th and are seen as crucial as they will determine the viability of the main political blocs of SDSM's Zoran Zaev and oppositionist VMRO DPMNE's Hristijan Mickovski.

The elections were announced by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev shortly after failing to get a date for the start of membership talks with the European Union at the EU leaders' summit on October 18, 2019.

The Prime Minister Zaev had claimed the responsibility for the failure, though he called the EU leaders' decision "a historic mistake", as he said North Macedonia had met all the conditions required by the European Union, including a solution on the dispute with Greece over the name issue, which is considered the only obstacle on the way to the European integration.
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