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Brussels Officials: Caretaker Government Can’t Last ‘Forever’

Diplomats and senior officials in Brussels are closely following the election deal talks in Macedonia. They call for consensus, but reiterate that the caretaker government cannot last forever. “It’s reasonable to think about elections, there can’t be a caretaker government forever, but elections should certainly be held if conditions are met,” senior officials from the European Commission, which is currently ...

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Election Day Issue: DUI and Mickoski Confirm Communication Channel Exists

Behind the public scene, party leaders are intensively communicating. Part of those involved in the talks consider that consensus on the election date is close. “I think we are very close to consensus and the stands can be brought closer. It’s obvious and certain that we will have elections, whether it is on 1 July, 5 July, around those dates. ...

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Coronavirus situation: 25 New Cases, 17 Cured Patients and Three Deaths

“Over the past 24 hours, 25 new COVID-19 cases have been registered,” the Public Health Institute said on Wednesday. It was added that the same period had seen 17 new cured patients and three new deaths. 622 tests were taken in the 24-hour span. There are currently 450 active cases in Macedonia. The same day, the Health Ministry said the ...

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Culev Urges Acceptance of Regulation for Financial Reward for Police Officers

At a press-conference on Wednesday, caretaker Interior Minister Nakje Culev praised citizens complying with the measures and police officers. “Citizens are responsible. Generally speaking, they complied with the Government’s measures to prevent COVID-19. For 70 days, starting from 22 March, in different periods of the day, they stayed at home. Police officers executed their task with professionalism, responsibility, and sacrifice. ...

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Dimitrov Participates in Video Conference of Adriatic and Ionian Initiative

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov took part on Wednesday in a video conference of the Council of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative and the Ministerial Meeting of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region, which primarily focused on coordination in the efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. As he said in the address, it’s clear to everybody that only through ...

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Government Annuls Multiple Restrictive Measures, Including Curfew

On the basis of the Infectious Diseases Committee’s recommendations, the Government has annulled multiple restrictive measures. After the Government’s session on Tuesday, caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski and Health Minister Venko Filipce were part of a press-conference at which they discussed the decisions made at the session and other aspects related to the COVID-19 situation. Starting from Wednesday, the curfew will ...

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Spasovski: Assessment about Need for Third State of Emergency by Week’s End

Caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski has said an assessment will be made by the end of the week to see whether a third state of emergency is needed. As he explained during Tuesday’s visit to Stip, if necessary, the state of emergency will be extended. “At this time, we have no decision on that,” Spasovski pointed out. Asked about the possibility ...

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Health Ministry: 16 new COVID-19 Cases, 14 Cured Patients and Three Deaths

“Over the past 24 hours, 16 new COVID-19 cases have been registered,” the Public Health Institute said on Tuesday. It was added that the same period had seen 14 new cured patients and three new deaths. 314 tests were taken in the 24-hour span. There are currently 445 active cases in Macedonia. Health Minister Venko Filipce said the same day ...

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Deal to Hold Elections in July Reportedly on Horizon

A deal to hold elections in July is on the horizon, TV reported on Tuesday. Parties don’t want to talk about the exact date, but based on the statements, that could be the compromise. VMRO-DPMNE confirms it is communicating with other parties, but adds it is ungrateful to talk about a date. When it comes to the legal dilemmas about ...

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SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE Continue to Trade Accusations

According to SDSM, VMRO-DPMNE’s actions prove why elections and a new, political government are needed. Kostadin Kostadinov, spokesperson for the ruling party, said at a press-conference on Tuesday that caretaker Interior Minister Nakje Culev had considered defending the opposition party’s leader, Hristijan Mickoski, to be more important than protecting the health of citizens. SDSM believes that Mickoski is doing everything ...

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