Zaev resigns as prime minister and chairman of the Socialist Party after further defeat in second round of local elections

Developments in North Macedonia are accelerating after Zoran Zaev’s ruling Social Democratic Party (SDSM) suffered a crushing defeat in the second round of municipal elections held yesterday Sunday.

Zoran Zaev said last night that he took responsibility for his party’s defeat and resigned his post as the country’s prime minister and leader of his party.

“With the citizens, we brought freedom and democracy and when there is democracy, there is responsibility. I am resigning from my post as Prime Minister of North Macedonia and President of the Social Democratic Union, ”Zaev said.

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev congratulated Danela Arsovska on her victory as mayor of Skopje and announced that he took responsibility for the electoral defeat.

“Even under such circumstances, I remain of the opinion that there should be no early parliamentary elections,” Zaev said, adding that he would stay until a new government is formed. He announced that he remained committed to the party in the coming period.

“There are two and a half unique years of hard work and economic success that will benefit all of our citizens and the country. I will stay on this term to help reorganize the new government with a progressive majority that has and is in place and can grow. “Personally, as a person, I am part of the SDSM and the progressive people and I remain on the front line,” said the Prime Minister.

He said he was proud to have integrated North Macedonia into NATO and believes that in a few months we will have the opportunity to start negotiations with the EU. He also cited the successful census, before expressing disappointment that there was a visible alliance between people from opposing camps at the April 27 assembly.

“It’s time for citizens to stand up for politicians who make tough decisions,” Zaev said.

Outgoing mayor Petre Silegov also congratulated Danela Arsovska, independent candidate supported by VMRO-DPMNE, on her victory.

“I thank my family, the wonderful team with whom we spent four years in Skopje and where we have built indelible footprints, our boulevards, bridges, quays and green roofs that no one can erase. We will be here with all progressive forces to continue the struggle for Skopje, ”Silegov said at a press conference at the SDSM headquarters.

Zoran Zaev has been Prime Minister since May 2017 and head of the SDSM since 2013.

In the second round of the municipal elections yesterday, Zoran Zaev’s party suffered a major defeat, both in the Metropolitan Municipality of Skopje and in all the other major municipalities in the country where polls were held for the second turn.

The big winner of these municipal elections was the right-wing opposition VMRO-DPMNE, whose leader, Christian Mitskoski, declared last night that the government of Zoran Zaev had lost the confidence of the population and claimed that the country now had the conditions for an early parliamentary election. elections.

“Many doubted us, but hope prevailed. Macedonia must change and the changes begin today. We all dream of a better future. But today we are starting to change the image of the country and start our work to improve our standard of living and secure our future. I am grateful to all the citizens who voted for us and to those who did not vote for us, whose support we will continue to seek. We went through a lot of turmoil, but it was worth it, ”Mitskoski said.

The current government has a parliamentary majority, albeit a weak one (supported by 62 deputies out of 120 in the country’s legislature). Therefore, the largest party in the ruling coalition, the SDSM, in consultation with its government partners, can appoint a new prime minister, who will seek a vote of confidence from parliament.

However, it is not excluded that one – or some – of the small coalition parties withdraw their confidence in the current government and “switch” to the opposition and the VMRO-DPMNE, which in this case could lead a new one. government without elections.

If neither of the above two scenarios materializes, early parliamentary elections should be called in the country. In this case, according to the legislation in force, an interim government must be formed 100 days before the elections, which will lead the country to elections.

The only certainty is that to this day North Macedonia has a government in abeyance.

The results of the second round

A total of 44 municipalities were selected in yesterday’s elections, including the Metropolitan Municipality of Skopje of 700,000 inhabitants, in which the independent candidate, Danela Arsovska, yet openly supported by the VMRO-DPMNE, won by 14 percentage points on the outgoing mayor of Skopje and new SDSM candidate Petre Silengov.

The VMRO-DPMNE even won in other large municipalities of the country, such as Bitola (Monastir) and Ohrid, while in Kumanovo, the second municipality of the country, the “rebel” SDSM and current mayor, Maksim Dimitrievski, won. SDSM candidate Oliver Ilievski. Dimitrijewski did not receive the SDSM nomination this time and ran as an independent candidate, which led to his expulsion from the party.

In the Albanian-Albanian political “camp”, North Macedonia’s largest Albanian party, Ali Ahmeti’s DUI, lost in the country’s largest “Albanian” municipality, Tetovo, where its candidate, Teuta Arifi, was beaten by the leader of the smaller Albanian party co-leader “BESA”, Bilal Kasami. However, Ali Ahmedi’s party won in Strouga, while losing, as expected, in Gostivar./ ibna

Source: skopjenews, nezavisen

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