Parliament annuls the June 5 elections, opposition ministers removed

Parliament annuls the June 5 elections, opposition ministers removed

Skopje, 18 May 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Governing coalition parties, VMRO-DPMNE and BDI (Democratic  Union for Integration) voted in parliament today the postponement of June 5 elections, as the Constitutional Court cancelled this election date, which was part of the Przino Agreement. The cancellation of the election date came following the failure to meet all the necessary conditions for the elections and following the opposition’s boycott and of the coalition party, BDI.

VMRO-DPMNE and BDI also accepted the resignation of the opposition’s ministers, that of the Ministry of Interior and that of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, but also of the deputy ministers who were part of the Przino Agreement which aimed at overcoming the political crisis.

The two coalition parties replaced them with their ministers. The new minister of Interior is now Mitko Cavkov and the new minister of Labor and Social Policies is Dime Spasov.

But the Macedonian opposition was against this decision. SDSM MP, Goran Sugarevski said that besides the opposition ministers, the interim PM, Emil Dimitriev, must also leave. The majority MPs also voted for the postponement of the elections, leaving this date open for further discussions. /