North Macedonia’s Social Democrats returned to power Sunday after parliament approved their new coalition, ending a months-long leadership void amid the pandemic.
France24 reports that the vote brings Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, credited for putting the Balkan state on an EU path, back into top office after his party narrowly won a victory over right-wing rivals in July.
“A period of order, justice and discipline is coming, it is time for vetting of the judiciary and unselective rule of law,” Zaev told the assembly.
His governing coalition, a tie-up with the largest party representing the ethnic Albanian minority, was approved by 62 votes in the 120-seat assembly following two days of heated debate that ended just before a midnight deadline. The vote ends a period of eight months in which North Macedonia was run by a weak technical government, who were only supposed to be in power until April, when a snap election was initially scheduled.