Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski emphasized the legal framework defining the caretaker government’s structure and responsibilities, stating that it’s clear who proposes ministers. He highlighted the legal obligation for the largest opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE, to nominate ministers and deputies for designated ministries, stating that failure to comply could affect the electoral process negatively.

Regarding the potential inclusion of Albanian opposition ministers, Kovachevski reiterated that the law specifies which ministries are led by the parliamentary majority and the largest opposition party. He clarified that VMRO-DPMNE is mandated to propose ministers for specific ministries and additional deputy ministers for others, as stipulated by law.

Kovachevski emphasized that fulfilling these obligations is akin to the Prime Minister resigning 100 days before elections, asserting that such compliance has been a norm in the past. He underscored the importance of fulfilling legal requirements to maintain a transparent and democratic electoral process.

Highlighting the need for proper implementation of legal provisions to avoid casting doubt on the electoral process, Kovachevski mentioned the necessity for the government’s technical preparation within the 100-day period.

He also mentioned successful coordination with coalition partners and political parties, confirming consensus on the election schedule. Kovachevski noted plans to present the Electoral Code to Parliament, incorporating OSCE/ODIHR feedback. He clarified that discussions regarding the caretaker government’s abolishment weren’t on the table due to the proximity of the elections. If such discussions occur, they would be pertinent for future elections, Kovachevski concluded.