The leader of Social-democratic party of North Macedonia (SDSM), Zoran Zaev, has obtained a mandate to form a government together with the biggest Albanian party DUI, following the parliamentary elections held on 15 July, after these were postponed in April due to the pandemic.
The coalition is unique in the modern history of the country because Zaev will be replaced by an Albanian prime minister for the last 100 days of the mandate.
Albanians constitute about 25% of North Macedonia’s 2 million inhabitants.
According to the Ohrid Agreement signed in 2001 after the short war between Macedonians and Albanians, an Albanian party has to be part of the government.
This is the first time, however, that Albanians will have a PM as long as the government can endure all four years of the mandate.
In the new coalition, 61 of the 120 MPs are Albanian. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)