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Northern Macedonia: Pendarovski signs census decree

The President of Northern Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski, after consulting with legal experts, signed on Monday (January 25th) the decree on the adoption of the law on the census of population, families and citizens in the Republic of Northern Macedonia in 2021.

Stevo Pendarovski expects that the census process will not be politicized and the data obtained will be useful for the overall development, which will allow the formulation of long-term strategies in the vital areas of the country.

The bill was passed in parliament last week with the votes of 62 lawmakers from the ruling majority parties, as well as the Albanian opposition party, while lawmakers from the main opposition VMRO-DPMNE party abstained. The country’s parliament has 120 seats.

Inventory will be carried out during the period from 1 to 21 April 2021.

However, the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE warns that it will not recognize the results of the census, accusing Zoran Zaev, the prime minister of northern Macedonia, and Ali Ahmeti, the leader of DUI, Albania’s largest party, of trying to change the composition. demographics of the country.

VMRO-DPMNE also denounces President Stevo Pendarovski, arguing that he is acting as a “subordinate” of Zoran Zaev and will bear the same responsibility as the Prime Minister for the “registration failure”.

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