Macedonian opposition to return to parliament today

Macedonian opposition to return to parliament today

Skopje, 1 September 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Macedonian opposition MPs return to parliament today following the boycott which has lasted since the April 2014 elections.

The return of the opposition led by SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union) comes as a result of the political agreement for the solution of the political crisis between the main parties in the country reached on June 2 with the brokerage of EU enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn.

Leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev declared that the opposition is returning to parliament with the aim of voting the bill on the Special Prosecutor and other electoral bills.

Zaev underlined that with the return in parliament, the opposition is assisting the solution of the political crisis.

Under the political agreement, parliament along with the opposition elect an interim government which will hold the 24 April 2016 elections.

The governing cabinet of PM Nikola Gruevski is expected to stand down in January 2016 and this will follow the creation of an interim government. With this government, Macedonian opposition will lead the Ministry of Interior and several other ministries, while the PM position will still belong to VMRO-DPMNE. /ibna/