Zaev Decides to Wait for Investigation Report Before Accepting Resignations

In a written address to the public, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that the resignations after the fire at the COVID Centre in Tetovo are a high moral and ethical act and a demonstration of integrity and responsibility that is inevitable in such major accidents, pointing out that responsibility will be had, based on irrefutable forensic facts, not on the basis of political calculations. He announced that the assessment and decision regarding the submitted resignations will be based exclusively on the facts of the investigation, i.e. exclusively in accordance with the established reasons for the outbreak of the fire. After the fire in the modular hospital in Tetovo on Wednesday night in which 14 people died and 12 others were injured, on Friday Minister of Health Venko Filipce offered his resignation for moral reasons, as well as his deputy Ilir Hasani and the two directors of the Tetovo Hospital resigned. “I received the resignations of the Minister of Health Filipce, Deputy Minister Hasani and the directors of the Tetovo hospital Besimi and Etemi and I understand them as a high moral and ethical act and as a demonstration of integrity and responsibility that is inevitable in such major accidents. Investigative and judicial authorities are conducting an extremely thorough, professional and prompt investigation that must determine in detail the causes of the outbreak of the deadly fire. The forensic experts from the German Federal Forensics will also contribute to the expertise and credibility of the investigation, for which preparatory reconnaissance and activities are already being realized and for which I express my gratitude to our NATO ally, Germany,” Zaev said in his address.