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Status: 24.06.2024 01:32

North Macedonia will in future be ruled by a centre-right coalition below Hristijan Mickoski. The new prime minister wish to maintain on to a doable EU accession, however he wish to change the identify of his nation once more.

The parliament in North Macedonia has elected the chairman of the nationalist celebration VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, as the brand new prime minister. 77 MPs voted for him late Sunday night, 22 towards him, reported the information portal “”. The remaining 21 MPs didn’t attend the vote.

The alliance round Mickoski's VMR-DPMNE gained 43 p.c of the votes within the election on May 8, giving him 58 of the 120 seats in parliament. The earlier opposition chief was only some seats in need of a authorities majority, which gave him a number of choices for locating coalition companions.

Ultimately, Mickoski agreed to kind a authorities with a celebration representing the Albanian minority and a left-wing celebration. Together, they’ve 20 seats.

Continue efforts to affix the EU

Mickoski, a former engineering professor, needs to proceed the efforts of the earlier authorities below the social democratic SDSM to get North Macedonia to affix the EU.

However, the truth that his VMRO-DPMNE is questioning necessary agreements with neighboring nations Bulgaria and Greece might decelerate the EU venture, particularly since each nations might block North Macedonia's ambitions to affix the union, political analyst Petar Arsovski instructed the AP information company.

Will the previous identify dispute escape once more?

In 2018, a decades-long dispute with Greece over the previous nation identify Macedonia was settled. But Mickoski's celebration has made it clear that it doesn’t assume a lot of the settlement. At the beginning of the two-day parliamentary debate earlier than the vote on Sunday night, Mickoski used the nation's former identify a number of instances.

In May, the brand new President Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, supported by VMRO-DPMNE, had already reignited the previous identify dispute with Greece at her inauguration. Instead of “North Macedonia”, she used the previous nation identify “Macedonia” in her oath of workplace.