Tag: elections
Macedonia 08.12.19 | 20:39

Pendarovski says he’s not certain elections will take place in April, as planned

President Stevo Pendarovski told the press that he is not certain elections will take place on April 12th next year, as the major parties agreed at the crisis meeting organized by Pendarovski after Macedonia was not given the date to open EU accession talks. A number of top officials from the ruling...

Macedonia 30.11.19 | 11:32

Sekerinska does not deny that elections may be postponed

Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska leaves room for a possible postponement of the early parliamentary elections scheduled for April 12, depending on when Spain can ratify the country’s NATO accession protocol. In an interview with “360 Degrees”, Sekerinska says that option has not...

Macedonia 28.11.19 | 19:58

Outgoing Prime Minister Zaev confident that he will win the elections with difference of 60,000 – 120,000 votes

In the upcoming elections I will be a candidate for Prime Minister, in the last two years we have made historic decisions for our country and I have no doubts whether we will win, said outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zaev when answering a parliamentary question. The outgoing prime minister said he accepts...

Macedonia 25.11.19 | 13:58

Outgoing Prime Minister: Elections will not be postponed

Outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zaev believes there will be no postponement of the elections and expects to see a legal solution to changing the election model which is being prepared in Parliament. If processes for that continue in Parliament, SDSM said, they would not vote against their election promise...

Macedonia 15.11.19 | 11:22

Once an electoral sensation, Tito Petkovski’s NSDP party is now reduced to a few dozen delegates

The New Social Democratic Party (NSDP) led by Tito Petkovski, which is one of the main coalition partners for Zaev’s SDSM, struggled to fill half of a small meeting hall during its Central Committee meeting on Thursday. NSDP created a sensation in 2006 when it split from SDSM and won seven seats...

Macedonia 12.11.19 | 16:56

Sekerinska joins Zaev in warning that the election can be postponed over the delay in NATO accession

Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska expressed hope that the delays in Macedonia’s NATO accession will not affect the early general elections planned for April 2020. We’ve worked on EU and NATO membership for 30 years and these priorities come above all. I absolutely believe that we should...

Macedonia 11.11.19 | 19:06

No Albanian party is in favor of one constituency

Although there is an initiative in the Parliament to form one constituency instead of the current six, it is unlikely to be realized. The reason for this is the Albanian parties that do not accept such a model because they will lose a significant number of votes. DUI was the first to say that they did...

Macedonia 11.11.19 | 17:37

DUI does not want early elections in April

Ali Ahmeti’s party says the April 12 election would jeopardize the country’s European future and between spring and postponed elections, DUI chooses the second option, Sloboden pecat reports. According to the party, one should wait for the ratification of the NATO Accession Protocol in the...

Macedonia 11.11.19 | 12:49

Hectic pace of public sector hiring ahead of the elections

The number of public sector employment ads open at the moment stands at about 50, and is growing every day, as the date of the early general elections draws closer. The focus is on the municipalities, where employment is often linked with party affiliation and is used to reward loyal political activists....

World 11.11.19 | 11:09

Another inconclusive election in Spain as the Vox party more than doubles its number of seats

Spanish voters had another inconclusive elections, with the social-democrats winning the most votes, but losing a few seats and falling far short of the majority necessary to form a government, and the nationalists greatly increasing their representation. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez saw his PSOE party...

Macedonia 08.11.19 | 22:46

Zaev’s Interior Minister also hints at postponing the elections

Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski confirmed that the elections scheduled for April 12th could be postponed. This is the second such announcement coming from the Government, after the initial such comment from Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Like Zaev, Spasovski is citing the need to ratify the NATO accession...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 13:54

Zaev announces unilateral push to change the electoral code

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev keeps pushing the idea of abolishing the six electoral districts in Macedonia, despite clear opposition both from VMRO-DPMNE but also from his coalition partner DUI. Zaev wants proportional voting in a single district where all 120 members of Parliament will be elected, unlike...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 11:05

Zaev loyalist Nikolovski will lead the SDSM electoral campaign while Sekerinska will prepare the program

The ruling SDSM party appointed a Zaev loyalist – Ljupco Nikolovski – as head of its electoral staff. Meanwhile deputy party leader Radmila Sekerinska will be in charge of preparing the electoral program of the party. Nikolovski was appointed as SDSM party Secretary General from the Agriculture...

Macedonia 05.11.19 | 22:23

Zaev endorses proposal to radically change the electoral model

Zoran Zaev came out in favor a proposal from 15 of his allies in Parliament to amend the electoral code and roll the six electoral districts into one. The proposal also calls for adopting open lists, which allows voters to pick from a list of candidates, but Zaev didn’t endorse this move. The electoral...

Macedonia 05.11.19 | 12:52

We will not speculate on upcoming early elections or on government formation, Kocijancic tells Republika

The European Union does not want to comment on the timing of early elections in Macedonia or the formation of a new government. Maja Kocijancic, a spokesperson of the European Commission explained to “Republika.mk” that the EU fully supports the Przino Agreement and that it was supported...

Macedonia 04.11.19 | 13:12

Kathimerini predicts that Zaev will lose the elections badly unless he receives an EU boost

Greek daily Kathimerini writes that only an intervention on the part of Europe, to reverse the shock veto at the recent European Council, could save Zoran Zaev from a major defeat at the coming early general elections. The paper writes that Greece was approached by diplomats from “concerned”...

Macedonia 03.11.19 | 22:29

Andov opposes Zaev and Xhaferi: Elections don’t have to be postponed for NATO accession process

In a bid to change the date of the elections, Zoran Zaev and Talat Xhaferi began to confuse the public with messages that due to the NATO process it is possible to postpone the agreed date of April 12. Commenting on such statements made by the current Parliament Speaker and the Prime Minister, the first...

Macedonia 03.11.19 | 11:08

No postponement of elections, it affects the business community

We agreed on holding the elections. The only agreement at the first leaders’ meeting, to which we gave legitimacy, was the agreement on elections. People from the President’s Office, experts assured us that that all legal obligations around NATO membership could be concluded. So we agreed...

Macedonia 01.11.19 | 22:41

Sela: The Government is trying to postpone the elections because it’s scared

Albanian opposition leader Ziadin Sela says that Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is afraid of the elections scheduled on April 12th, and is looking for ways to get out of them. Zaev today insisted that the ratification of the NATO accession protocol should take precedence over the elections and...

Macedonia 27.10.19 | 19:14

Dimovski proposes abolishing the proportional election system and adopting the US/UK model

VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Ilija Dimovski proposed the creation of a first past the post system, with 120 electoral districts each electing one member of Parliament, modeled after the systems of the United Kingdom and the United States. If we want to make our representatives closer to the citizens...

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