Despite the fact that two key Albanian coalition partners, DUI and BESA, are locked in a fight for control of the largest majority Albanian city Tetovo, and BESA is openly asking for the votes of the opposition in the run-off, Zoran Zaev today insisted that his ruling coalition is stable.

I absolutely do not see a threat to the ruling majority. These are local elections, it is legitimate for all parties to forge their own partnerships, Zaev said.

He demanded that VMRO-DPMNE clarifies its position on the treaties Zaev is imposing on the country – the Prespa Treaty with Greece, his Friendship Treaty with Bulgaria and his plan to introduce bilingualism in Macedonia making the Albanian language co-official. During the press conference Zaev again implied that it is more likely that the Albanian opposition Alternative party joins his coalition, than BESA leaving it.