New Government Approved by Parliament with 62 Votes in Favour

With 62 votes in favour and 46 against, the Parliament of North Macedonia elected on Sunday night the new government of the country, headed by PM-designate Dimitar Kovacevski. Kovacevski will be the Prime Minister of the new government, and it will include the following ministers: Artan Grubi as First Deputy PM and Minister of Political System and Inter-ethnic Relations, Slavica Grkovska as Deputy PM for Fighting Corruption, Fatmir Bytyqi as Deputy PM for Economic Affairs, Bojan Maricic as Deputy PM for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani as Foreign Affairs Minister, Slavjanka Petrovska as Defence Minister, Oliver Spasovski as Interior Minister, Nikola Tupancevski as Justice Minister, Fatmir Besimi as Finance Minister, Kreshnik Bekteshi as Economy Minister, Bekim Sali as Health Minister, Jeton Shaqiri as Education Minister, Ljupco Nikolovski as Agriculture Minister, Jovana Trencevska as Labour and Social Policy Minister, Bisera Kostadinovska-Stojcevska as Culture Minister, Admirim Aliti as Information Society and Administration Minister, Blagoj Bocvarski as Transport and Communications Minister, Naser Nuredini as Environment and Physical Planning Minister, Goran Milevski as Local Self-Government Minister and Xhemail Cupi as Minister without Portfolio in Charge of Diaspora. Before the voting took place, Kovacevski addressed the MPs. “I thank all of you for the productive debate we held over the past two days. This new government has legitimacy from the parliamentary majority that has 64 MPs. There will be election, but a regular one, in 2024. Now we need to work in order to deal with the energy crisis and other challenges, and we are starting this at the very first session of the new government tomorrow. Me and the ministers have a precise vision and plan how to tackle the problems in our respective areas, and I am certain we will realise great success. I announced and offer a model of full participation and I call upon the entire opposition to work with us in order to reach consensus over issues crucial for the national interests of our country. Let us stop political, ethnic and social divisions among the citizens, because our cooperation is needed now more than ever before,” Kovacevski said.