Parties in Macedonia reach agreement to end crisis

Leaders of four largest political parties in Macedonia made deal to solve political crisis in country

Photo by: AP
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Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Macedonian counterpart Nikola Gruevski

The four largest political parties in Macedonia reached an agreement on an interim government on November 6 to end the political crisis in Macedonia.

The deal cleared the road to implement an agreement made June 2 to resolve a long-running political crisis.

The parties wants Oliver Spasovski as a new minister for internal affairs, while Frosina Remenski would manage the ministry for labor and social policy in the transitional government which will lead the country until elections in April 2016.

Under the deal, all four major parties will be part of the cabinet until elections are held in April.

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's conservative party and the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) will be attended by the opposition Social Democrats (SDSM) and the Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA).

Gruevski said, "I am pleased with the agreement. Our strategic goal was to set the elections date in stone."

"We believe in the people, we know they will make the right decision, and that is the reason why we wanted to let them have their say as soon as possible," he added.

The opposition also appointed deputy-ministers in three ministries: finance, agriculture and information society and public administration.

SDSM announced through a brief report that this is a new beginning for every citizen in Republic of Macedonia.

"This is a new beginning for Macedonia and its people... We are doing this to gain guarantees for the citizens that the elections on April 24 will be free," Zaev said after the marathon talks that led to a deal in the Macedonian capital of Skopje.

"During this [pre-election] period we will develop Macedonia by democratizing its institutions, because improved democracy means that we will all be winners," he added.

Meanwhile, leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev declared that he’s waiting for the parliamentary session which will vote the bills that relate to the reached agreement.

The agreement on reforms for early elections has been seen as a necessary step in order to overcome the deep political crisis in Macedonia.

TRTWorld and agencies