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Northern Macedonia: Zaev will resign if he loses the Skopje Metropolitan Municipality

The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, in an interview with Sitel television has left open the possibility that he will resign if his party loses the Metropolitan Municipality of Skopje in the second round of municipal elections.

If the Socialist Party (SDSM) loses Skopje, Zaev reiterated that he will not be able to lead the government because the opposition would obstruct the policies of the central government. But, according to him, this does not mean that it is time for early parliamentary elections. He said the parliamentary majority is safe and not for early parliamentary elections because, according to him, the next two and a half years are a unique opportunity to develop the economy and build on what has already been done. He announced that some deputies will join the government majority, but he will announce this after the elections.

According to him, the stay of citizens at home would mean the return of the regime.

“We did not lose to VMRO-DPMNE, but to those who stayed at home,” Zaev said, adding that “sitting at home is a full support for our opponent.”

In the second round, he believes that SDSM will have a visible victory and expects a significant margin of victory for SDSM in Skopje, Cir, Karposh and Cedar.

As for disagreements with coalition partners, he noted that they have differences but share common values ​​such as anti-corruption, justice reform and European integration.

“This is the beauty of democracy and freedom. We have common values ​​in the coalition and that unites us. “It is important to mobilize all voters with whom we share common values,” said Zaev.

“All major issues are closed. We do not have open ethnic issues at home, we do not have open issues with our neighbors, we know them and we are working on five points with Bulgaria. “I believe that after November 14, when the elections in Bulgaria end, until the next meeting of the Council, we have enough time to complete it and get the first intergovernmental conference,” Zaev said.

The second round of municipal elections will be held on Sunday, October 31st. In the first round, Danela Arsovska, who is chairwoman of the country’s Chamber of Commerce and supported by VMRO-DPMNE, received 37.68 per cent of the vote, while Petre Silegov received 34.24 per cent. In terms of votes, Arsovska received 86,698, while Silegov received 78,783.

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