Country Report Macedonia
- ID: 2123793
- January 2016
- Region: Macedonia
- 28 Pages
- The Economist Intelligence Unit
On January 18th the ruling majority in parliament voted to accept the resignation of the prime minister, Nikola Gruevski. Emil Dimitriev, the secretary-general of the ruling Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation-Democratic Party of Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE), was elected as caretaker prime minister.
The formation of an interim government was a key component of the EU-mediated Przino Agreement, which was reached between the four main political parties in July 2015, with the aim of bringing to an end the political crisis that began at the start of 2015. The agreement called for the prime minister to resign 100 days before the projected election date of April 24th 2016. The political crisis centred on claims by the opposition Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (SDSM) that the VMRO-DPMNE had engaged in extensive fraud in the April 2014 parliamentary election.
On January 20th 2016 the SDSM stated that it would boycott the April 24th election, arguing that the reforms concerning the voter registry (there have been allegations of duplicate and shadow voters) and media freedom had not been implemented. The SDSM will participate in the interim government, but said that it would also consider street protests if its concerns were not addressed. The head of the State Election Commission (SEC), an SDSM appointee, stated that the voter registries could not be improved in time for the April election. However, the VMRO-DPMNE-appointed SEC members contradicted his statement.