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Caretaker Cabinet: Xhaferi Resigns as Speaker, Maricic to Serve as 1 st Deputy PM

On Thursday, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, like Dimitar Kovacevski before him, submitted his resignation in the frames of the activities for the formation of the caretaker cabinet. “Our obligation is to organise fair and democratic elections,” he said. In the frames of the cabinet, First Deputy PM Artan Grubi will serve as Deputy PM and Minister of Political System, while ...

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Taravari Believes Final Stand on DUI Coalition Issue will Be Known Next Week

Alliance for Albanians leader Arben Taravari, regarding a potential coalition with DUI, believes that the final stand will be known next week. “I believe there will be a decision next week. We have a decision by the party’s Presidency that is current, but the party’s Assembly may make another decision. Four months ago, we said we would participate in the ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Reveals Names of Candidates for Caretaker Cabinet

VMRO-DPMNE revealed on Wednesday the names of its candidates for the caretaker cabinet: Pance Toskovski, a famous lawyer, as the Interior Minister, Elena Petrova of the Public Revenue Office as additional Deputy Minister of Finance, ex-City of Skopje Secretary and current Cair Municipality Council member Gjoko Velkovski as Labour and Social Policy Minister, Cvetan Tripunovski as additional Deputy Minister of ...

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Elections to Cost almost 17 Million Euros

The double elections will cost almost 17 million euros. 10,614,000 will be spent on paid political advertising. At Wednesday’s session of the State Election Commission (SEC), the body’s Vice-President, Ditmire Shehu, stated that over six million euros would be spent on organisation of the elections. “The public is interested in the area regarding Ing identification of voters and whether the ...

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Grubi: Year of Construction of Corridors Lost due to Russian Obstruction

According to First Deputy PM Artan Grubi, the construction of the Corridors was obstructed by Russia. “We lost a year precisely due to a Russia-based company that entered the procedure and disrupted the whole process. Is there Russian influence in our religious communities? Find the answer yourselves. Is there Russian influence in media, you know that answer too. Is there ...

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President Pendarovski: One either Agrees or Disagrees to Caretaker Cabinet

In an interview with Alsat, President Stevo Pendarovski says that it is unfair for VMRO- DPMNE to be part of a government without voting in favour of it. “One either agrees or disagrees to a caretaker cabinet. One can say they don’t want to nominate persons at all but they cannot challenge the porposal that this parliamentary majority makes according ...

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Caretaker Cabinet: Final Preparations Underway

It’s normal for those parties that will nominate ministers and deputy ministers for the caretaker cabinet to vote in favour of that cabinet, PM Dimitar Kovacevski, who will resign on Thursday, has assessed. As he said on Monday, there is time until Sunday for all procedures. On Wednesday, VMRO-DPMNE’s Executive Committee will hold a meeting which is expected to see ...

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US Assistant Secretary O’Brien Comments on Non-Paper Issue

Asked in Skopje on Monday whether the international factor was pressuring for a non-paper to be signed obliging parties from the ethnic Albanian bloc not to enter a coalition with parties that wouldn’t complete the constitutional changes in the six-month period after the elections, James O’Brien, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs said he didn’t know ...

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PM: Positions for VMRO-DPMNE should Remain Vacant if There is no Support

According to PM and SDSM leader Dimitar Kovacevski, the future, caretaker, PM-designate, Talat Xhaferi, should form a cabinet that will see the positions for VMRO-DPMNE vacant. As he said on Friday, they should be filled once Hristijan Mickoski’s party decides to support the caretaker cabinet. In response, VMRO-DPMNE said it was up to the government whether it would choose to ...

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Still Uncertain whether Taravari’s Party will Join European Alliance for Changes

It’s still uncertain whether Alliance for Albanians will enter the European Alliance for Changes coalition, consisting of BESA, Alternative, and Democratic Movement. The coalition’s position is that there is communication with Arben Taravari’s party, stressing that the door for it to join for the elections this year remains open. “The invitation we sent before New Year’s is still open. The ...

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