Arben Taravari from the Alliance of Albanians expects Zoran Zaev to call for early general elections in the fall of 2021, along with the scheduled municipal elections.
They have 62 votes, we have 58 in Parliament. It makes it very difficult for them to function. As opposition, we helped them out several times but they can’t function. Zaev is now in a more difficult situation than he was before the elections. He hoped he’ll win 61, 62 votes by himself and then buy 405 more, draw in somebody from the VMRO-DPMNE coalition partners and even our partner Alternative. He tried, but it all failed and I guarantee you it will continue to fail. If he waits for the regular elections, he will have just 20 to 30 seats. Remember, he will push to have early general elections in 2021, Taravari said in an interview.
The Alliance of Albanians and Alternative have begun a process of forming a coalition with VMRO-DPMNE that threatens to bring SDSM down even within this Parliament. Taravari says that there are about 10 members of Parliament from the ruling SDSM party and its smaller coalition partners who are voicing serious reservations about the Zaev Government and could switch sides.