North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Zaev and Mickoski decide to postpone registration in September

In the Parliamentary Group in Skopje, the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia and SDSM President Zoran Zaev discussed with VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski the forthcoming census, the work of the Assembly, elections, the pandemic, the economy and European integration.

The two men held a private meeting for several hours in the Parliamentary Group, which ended with compromise statements and an agreement to postpone the registration, which will take place in September.

The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev, in a statement to the media after his meeting with the President of VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickoski, noted that the topics discussed at the meeting were registration, vaccination COVID-19, Electoral Code and promotion of democratic models for local and parliamentary elections, but also the unblocking of the work of the Convention.

“During the meeting, we took a break to consult with the President, the President of the Assembly, the Minister of Justice, the director of the State Statistics Service, as well as the main partners of the coalition DUI and BESA, while on Wednesday I have a meeting with AA and Alternatives with whom we will discuss citizenship, as well as issues from today’s agenda.

Due to the immunization of the population and the possibility for the registrants to receive the second dose of the vaccine, we have reached an agreement to postpone the registration in the country and to carry it out from 5 to 30 September, thus postponing the local elections which will take place. in the second half of October, instead of the first half as planned.

Of course, it is very important that the information I shared with the President of VMRO-DPMNE about the situation of what it means to immunize the population from Wednesday 31 April is in line with the expectations arising from the agreements we have with COVAX and “Pfizer” from the EU, agreements from China, from Russia for 350,000 vaccines by the end of April.

“The diaspora will continue to be ranked throughout this period until September 30, which will give everyone the opportunity to be motivated and counted en masse,” Zaev said.

Mickoski stated that today’s meeting was successful and left the door open for further meetings. Starting tomorrow, a voting process will begin for changes to the Electoral Code, to enable fingerprint voting. In terms of working in parliament, VMRO-DPMNE agreed to co-operate with the majority on all laws related to Northern Macedonia’s EU accession and all laws related to supporting the economy between the pandemic and other areas of the package.

“We have agreed that trust must be built, that dialogue is a two-way process, and whether we continue to be a constructive opposition will depend on whether we have constructive power,” Mickoski said, explaining that no expert, assembly or the other government raised some issues, something he said would be “benefit”.

“We did not want to politicize, we did not want to get involved in politics, but to save lives,” Mickoski told reporters when asked if his party was retaliating after months of calling for early elections and announcing the overthrow of the government. He also announced that in the future, if there is a need for such meetings between him and Zaev, they will take place with the participation of an expanded composition, referring to the Albanian opposition parties.

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