President Stevo Pendarovski believes that the date for early parliamentary elections should not be linked to the ratification of Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol. Answering a journalist question during Monday’s visit to Tetovo, the President emphasized that the Parliament has the opportunity to work until the mandates of the new MPs are verified.

I can’t say whether the elections will be held on April 12 or not. What I would like to comment on the possibility of some postponement is related to the ratification of the NATO accession protocol in our Parliament. When ratification in all member states is completed, we will have to ratify the protocol in the Macedonian Parliament as well. There should be no dilemma in this regard. Parliament exists and remains active until the next Parliament composition is elected. If we need to ratify it, then there is no problem, and he I would appeal not to deal with technical and legal duties. If there is a need, when you have a legally speaking interim government, there must also be an interim parliament. If we it comes to that, the protocol will be ratified no matter what month it is, the election date should not be compromised, Pendarovski said.