A Parliament Committee voted today to strip Nikola Gruevski of his mandate in the Parliament. The proposal will now be sent before the full Parliament where it requires a two/thirds majority.

The basis for the request is the fact that Gruevski has been absent from the Parliament for over six months. The former Prime Minister and VMRO leader received political asylum in Hungary after a series of criminal charges initiated against him by the Zaev regime.

The VMRO-DPMNE party yesterday called on its members in Parliament to vote in accordance with the law, which provides that the representative can be stripped of his mandate in case of absence. As a result, all five members of the Committee voted in favor of the proposal.

SDSM member of Parliament Pavle Bogoevski, who chairs the Committee, was absent today and had his deputy lead the process. Bogoevski announced he will resign after the request is approved, as he himself was caught on a wiretap ordering drugs – most likely cocaine – from his dealer.