PS Xhaferi to schedule Presidential elections on 2 or 3 February

“I will schedule the presidential elections on 2 or 3 February,” PS Talat Xhaferi said on Tuesday, adding that he will not be a candidate. DUI expects a deal to be reached with SDSM on a joint presidential candidate that both sides will find acceptable. The negotiations will start after the adoption of the constitutional changes. Zoran Zaev’s party has said it is still early to mention names. The intra-party procedure hasn’t started. SDSM expects a landslide victory. VMRO-DPMNE will choose the candidate through a competition that will be scheduled on 11 January. The names will be known on 16 January, while the election process will take place at a party convention one month later.