Next week, president of the country, George Ivanov will mandate VMRO-DPMNE, which won most seats in parliament in the 11 December elections, to form a government.
Based on the Constitution, the president is obliged to mandate the largest party within ten days after the constitution of parliament.
VMRO-DPMNE says that its leader, Nikola Gruevski will be mandated for the creation of the government. The new government must be formed within 20 days and then voted by parliament. In case VMRO-DPMNE doesn’t manage to form the government, then the mandate is given to the second largest party, namely SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), which has two seats less than VMRO-DPMNE.
On Sunday, president of the country, George Ivanov declared that he would respect the constitutional deadlines for the creation of the government.
The highest number of seats is held by VMRO-DPMNE coalition with 51. SDSM coalition has 49 seats, BDI has 10 seats, BESA Movement has 5 seats, Alliance for Albanians has 3 seats while PDSH has 2 seats.
VMRO-DPMNE says that it has the legitimacy and support of the people and that it will form the new government.
“VMRO-DPMNE won these elections and has full legitimacy and support of the people to form the new government. VMRO-DPMNE is obliged to do everything in order to deliver the will of the majority. The mandate for the formation of the new government is in the hands of Nikola Gruevski. He led all electoral activities and he won the trust of the people”, said Ivo Kotevski, spokesman of VMRO-DPMNE.
Meanwhile, SDSM says that VMRO-DPMNE cannot form the government.
“The faster they realize within VMRO-DPMNE that Nikola Gruevski must leave politics, the better it is for this party and the Republic of Macedonia”, said the spokesman of SDSM, Petre Silegov.
Albanian parties will have a decisive role for the creation of the new government. BDI led by Ali Ahmeti won 10 seats which will determine the fate of the new coalition. In case VMRO-DPMNE and BDI join forces, then they have the necessary number of 61 seats to form the government. But in order for SDSM to form the government, there must also be a third party involved in the coalition. /balkaneu.com/