VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski proposed the introduction of the Spitzenkandidat model in Macedonia. This would require the parties to nominate their candidate to be the next Prime Minister. Macedonian elections have seen several instances when a party that lost the elections was afterwards able to put together a ruling coalition, including with the now outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Why don’t we introduce this model, as used by the EPP that was also part of the European elections, to nominate a future Prime Minister, who needs to win the support of the public. This will be the person who needs to win the support of the voters. Let’s be honest to the voters, Mickoski said.

Under his proposal, the defeated candidate would be asked to withdraw, and now “hide behind his immunity in Parliament”.