Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev resigns

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North Macedonia’s prime minister, Zoran Zaev, handed in his resignation on Friday, with a caretaker Cabinet set to assume control in order to organize the country’s elections, due to take place on April 12.

Lawmakers accepted Zaev’s decision without debate. Oliver Spasovski, North Macedonia’s interior minister, has been nominated as caretaker prime minister in the wake of Zaev’s resignation.

Ruling party SDSM proposed Oliver Spasovski to lead Macedonian Government in next 100 days and organize early elections on 12 April 2020
North Macedonia’s temporary Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski receives his credentials in Skopje, North Macedonia, 03 January 2020. After prime minister Zaev’s resignation, the ruling party SDSM proposed Oliver Spasovski to lead the government over the next 100 days and organize early elections on 12 April 2020. EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI

The Balkan nation is still reeling from the European Union’s decision not to consider membership talks, as both North Macedonia and Albania were blocked by France, with support from the Netherlands and Denmark, in October last year. French President Emmanuel Macron said the accession process itself must first be reformed before accepting new members.

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