North Macedonia president not officially informed of PM’s resignation

North Macedonia President Stevo Pendarovski has not been formally informed of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s resignation. [EPA-EFE / ANDREJ CUKIC]

North Macedonia President Stevo Pendarovski has not been formally informed of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s resignation.

Once informed, the president will present the government mandate, upon prior consultations, to the party or parties having a majority in the Sobranje (parliament) within the 10-day constitutional deadline.

According to Article 219 of the Rules of Procedure of the parliament, “The Government, the Prime Minister or a member of the Government may resign. The resignation of the Government or the Prime Minister shall be submitted to the Parliament Speaker in writing and may be explained… The resignation of the Government or the Prime Minister shall be immediately submitted by the Parliament Speaker to the Members of Parliament and the country’s President.”

Article 220 further states that “The Parliament at the first next session, without debate, concludes that the mandate of the Prime Minister, the Government or a member of the Government, terminates on the day of the session.”

The parliament said that so far, it has not received the resignation of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Ali Ahmeti, leader of Albanian party DUI, a member of the governing coalition, said that he had a tense conversation with Zaev in which he asked him to revoke his decision to resign as Prime Minister and SDSM leader.

Ahmeti expects Zaev to honour their agreement that an ethnic Albanian candidate will lead the government in its last year. Ahmeti also seems worried that a potential VMRO-DPMNE led coalition will cut off his DUI party from the government for the first time since 2008.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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