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Country Report Macedonia

  • Published: August 2014
  • Region: Macedonia
  • 28 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

On August 20th the leader of the main opposition Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (SDSM), Zoran Zaev, said that the SDSM-led coalition's boycott of parliament would continue.

Some 33 of the SDSM-led coalition's 34 successful candidates in the April general election submitted their resignations in May without taking up their seats, after the party alleged fraud in the parliamentary and presidential polls (which were held simultaneously). The SDSM has set conditions for ending its boycott, including the formation of a caretaker government and electoral and institutional reforms in areas where international monitors criticised the April polls. However, international organisations and diplomats, as well as the re-elected government led by the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation-Democratic Party of Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE), have called on the SDSM to return to the legislature. At an October session parliament will officially accept the resignations of parliamentarians who have not withdrawn them by then.

By boycotting parliament, Mr Zaev is repeating a tactic that the SDSM has used previously when in a weak political position, most recently READ MORE >

Country Report Macedonia

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