New coalition cabinet, led by Kovacevski's Social Democrats, was backed by 62 MPs of those present in the 120-seat parliament. Forty-six lawmakers voted against.
Securing a place in the EU is not easy for any nation, but this little Balkan country was tested like no other candidate.
'I take responsibility for the defeat in the local elections,' says Zoran Zaev.
Four-time champions Germany became first country to join hosts Qatar in booking a spot at 2022 World Cup with a 4-0 thrashing of North Macedonia. Separately, Turkey seal win over Latvia, keeping their chances alive to qualify for 2022 World.
After two days of heated debate, lawmakers voted 62-51 in the 120-member assembly in favour of the new government led by Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, 46. Seven members were absent.
The ruling SDSM party won 36.9 percent of the votes while nationalist VMRO-DPMNE came second with 35.9 percent.
It is the Balkan country's first parliamentary election since it added "North" to its name early last year, ending a decades-old dispute with Greece.
The government said the eight-day state of emergency that came into force immediately will allow authorities to make the necessary preparations to ensure public health is protected during the campaign and voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The event was a pledging conference for the vaccines alliance GAVI, which says the funds will be used to vaccinate about 300 million children in dozens of countries against diseases like malaria, pneumonia and HPV.
The patients and the attendants will go through Covid-19 PCR test or samples will be taken for the PCR test for a fee, when entering Turkey from the airports or border gates.
Delays in starting EU membership talks for Albania and North Macedonia, tensions between Serbia and Kosovo and a perception that the EU was slow to help its Balkan partners cope with Covid-19 fuel concern that they might turn toward Russia and China.
Turkey's partnership with NATO has been immensely beneficial to NATO.
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