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SDSM Leader Kovacevski Confident He’ll Again Be PM

In an interview with Sitel on Wednesday, SDSM leader Dimitar Kovacevski said his party and its coalition would win more MP seats than VMRO-DPMNE in the parliamentary elections. As he added, he will once again be North Macedonia’s PM. “We will form the pro-EU government with which we will have joined the EU by 2030,” Kovacevski emphasised. In the interview, ...

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Changes to Extend Validity of Passports not Passed in Parliament

At the session of Parliament on Wednesday, the draft-changes filed by VMRO-DPMNE aiming to extend the validity of passports containing the previous constitutional name were not passed. 54 MPs voted against, while 46 were in favour. SDSM had announced previously too it would not support the changes because that would be in contradiction with the Constitution, according to which international ...

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Presidential Race: Mickoski Expects Resounding Victory by Siljanovska Davkova

In an interview with Sitel on Tuesday, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski again said Gordana Siljanovska Davkova would have a resounding victory in the presidential elections. “According to all those polls and analysis we have, her lead over Stevo Pendarovski will be over 100,000 votes, at least 100,000 votes in the first round. I believe that will send a serious message ...

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Reactions to Idea for President to Be Elected in Parliament Continue

DUI has toughened up its rhetoric regarding the issue of whether the President should be elected in Parliament, that is, the party’s setting the election of President in the legislative house by a two-thirds and Badinter majority as a condition for coalitions after the parliamentary elections. Ali Ahmeti’s party is now saying that the progressive idea will also save 20 ...

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Presidential Race: Latest Developments

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski, when it comes to the procedure to collect signatures for Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, called on Monday on citizens to head to the State Election Commission’s offices and sign on 3 March. He believes that the 10,000 signatures will be collected in several hours. When it comes to DUI itself, the candidate endorsed by the party, Foreign ...

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Citizens with Old Passports Able to Enter Croatia and Austria by Car

On Monday, caretaker Interior Minister Pance Toskovski met with the Ambassadors of Croatia and Austria, Nives Tiganj and Martin Pammer, respectively. As Toskovski said on social media, both Ambassadors stated that their respective countries had an understanding regarding the issue of personal documents. In that regard, the Minister stated that holders of travel documents containing the previous constitutional name whose ...

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Presidential Race: Procedure to Collect Signatures Starts

The procedure to collect signatures for the presidential race (10,000 signatures from citizens or 30 from MPs) started on Friday. University professor Biljana Vankovska, endorsed by Levica, asked for support from citizens, saying that the state had an obligation to make major and minor parties equal. “They should give us an equal opportunity to present ourselves and our programmes, our ...

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Party and Candidate Preparations and Activities for Elections Continue

According to unofficial data by the State Election Commission (SEC) on Saturday, DUI’s Bujar Osmani has collected more than half of the required 10,000 votes to become part of the presidential race. ZNAM’s Maksim Dimitrievski is second, with 3,500 signatures, while Biljana Vankovska, endorsed by Levica, is third, with 2,700. What’s interesting is that Arben Taravari has around 250 signatures. ...

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Presidential Race: Latest Developments

President Stevo Pendarovski will officially inform the public on the candidacy for a second term next week. “It’s about information on decisions that haven’t been officially made. The President will inform the public next week,” his Cabinet told Kanal 5 on Thursday. When it comes to Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, who will be officially confirmed as VMRO-DPMNE’s candidate on 2 March, ...

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Reactions to DUI Leader Ahmeti’s Stand on Election of President Issue

Commenting on DUI leader Ali Ahmeti’s stand that the President should be elected in Parliament, not in elections, a senior SDSM official told Sitel on Thursday that it represented “common populism” related to the upcoming elections. “That requires consensus in society that currently doesn’t exist. In addition, there are small chances of such consensus being built in the shorter term,” ...

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