Accepting leaders’ meeting on election date, electoral code, and caretaker government elimination, VMRO-DPMNE
The OSCE/ODIHR recommendations, the offer to end the caretaker government in order to prevent having a DUI caretaker prime minister, and the opposition party’s acceptance of a leaders’ meeting to take place on Monday after 11 a.m. were all announced on Thursday by VMRO-DPMNE.VMRO-DPMNE has agreed to a leaders’ meeting scheduled after 11 am on Monday, aiming to finalize the election date, adhere to OSCE/ODIHR recommendations, and discuss the removal of the caretaker government proposal, contingent on avoiding a DUI caretaker prime minister. The opposition party expressed acceptance of this meeting as reported via media channels.

The party stressed the need for focused discussions during Monday’s meeting, addressing critical issues such as specifying the election date, embracing OSCE/ODIHR recommendations, and negotiating the proposal to discard the caretaker government, conditioned upon averting a DUI caretaker prime minister.

Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski announced the meeting during a joint press conference with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, emphasizing its agenda on European integration, parliamentary and presidential elections, and Electoral Code amendments aligned with OSCE/ODIHR guidelines.

VMRO-DPMNE emphasized the necessity for the meeting to commence after 11 am on Monday due to the commitments of its leader, who holds classes at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering as a full-time professor. The upcoming parliamentary elections in 2024 are anticipated in May, with the presidential elections’ first round scheduled two weeks earlier.