President of Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski handed over the mandate for formation of a new government to SDSM leader Zoran Zaev at a formal ceremony that took place at the presidential residence in Skopje on Thursday. “Based on Article 84, and in accordance with Article 90 of the Constitution of North Macedonia and the suggestion of the alliance “We Can” for mandate holder, I officially name SDSM leader and MP Zoran Zaev as PM-designate to form the new government,” Pendarovski briefly stated before handing over the official mandate decree to Zaev, who addressed the representatives of the press at the ceremony. “It is an honour for me as a representative of the “We Can” alliance to accept the mandate for formation of the new democratic, European, responsible government with institutions that will serve the citizens. The new government will include professionals that will fight corruption and crime, will implement rule of law, and most importantly, will proceed the processes for integration of our country in the EU. The new government will respect the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the Prespa Agreement with Greece and the Good-neighbourliness Agreement with Bulgaria, the pillars of the European future of our country,” Zaev said. The SDSM leader did not reveal whether he managed to secure a parliamentary majority for formation of the new government.