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Mogherini, Hahn: We look forward to a swift formation of the new Parliament and of the new Government

European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn issued a joint statement on the early general elections in Macedonia, after the final results were announced. In it, the two welcome the calm and orderly manner in which the elections were conducted and call for a swift creation of a the Parliament and Government and for unification between the common European Union integration goal.

“These early parliamentary elections were a key element of the 2015  Przino Agreement. They offer the country a crucial opportunity to renew a democratic, constructive dialogue to overcome the long-lasting political crisis and unite behind a common objective of Euro-Atlantic integration. Political parties need to act in an inclusive manner involving an active parliamentary opposition and a vibrant civil society. We look forward to a swift formation of the new Parliament and of the new Government and to the implementation of reforms to address systemic rule of law issues, also through the Urgent Reform Priorities. Government and opposition need to continue implementing previous political agreements in full, including supporting the work of the Special Prosecutor’s Office. The European Union will continue to support the country in its reform process, with a view to its European integration path”, Mogherini and Hahn said in their statement.