MACEDONIA STEP AWAY FROM EARLY ELECTIONS
Macedonia has come just a step away from holding early elections, after the two largest coalition partners VMRO DPMNE and DPA backed the motion for dissolution of the parliament.
These stands of the ruling VMRO DPMNE and DPA on the DUI's motion are due to be formalized at the extraordinary parliamentary session scheduled for Thursday.
"We discussed the political situation in the country with the PM Nikola Gruevski and shared the opinion that the institutions are blocked. I briefed him about my intention to propose supporting to the idea for holding early elections at today's session of the Central Presidency of DPA," the leader of the Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) Menduh Thaci said Wednesday afternoon.
"There is no better solution that the nation to decide to hold early elections, because it would secure a new mandate, a more efficient parliament and greater capacity to achieve real results and complete the reforms necessary for accelerated Euro-Atlantic integrations," Macedonian Foreign Minister and VMRO DPMNE's senior official Antonio Milososki said after Gruevski-Thaci meeting.
Milososki added that the snap polls would have no impact on the process of negotiations on the name differences with Greece, led by the mediator Matthew Nimetz.
The Constitution stipulates that the elections are be set up no later than 10 June, provided the lawmakers pass the motion.
MD: The Socialists (SDSM) of the opposition announced that they oppose any holding of early elections.