Macedonia: Opposition given mandate to form government
Macedonia: Opposition given mandate to form government
Macedonian opposition gets mandate to form government
18 May, 2017, 22:31
Opposition leader Zoran Zaev on Wednesday was handed the mandate by the country's president and given 20 days to find a coalition partner and form a cabinet, thereby hopefully putting an end to the country's ongoing political crisis.
After a closed-door meeting with Zaev today, Ivanov told reporters that "the SDSM has secured a majority and I formally grant a mandate to the party with the parliamentary majority". The demand had triggered monthly protests throughout the country.
Zaev insisted this was just an excuse - and that VMRO DPMNE, which has led the government since 2006, was only clinging to power to avoid criminal investigations.
But he came under worldwide pressure to reverse his decision, particularly from the European Union, which Macedonia aspires to join.
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says the statements of Zoran Zaev are undermining relations between the two countries.
Nikola Gruevski, who leads the rival conservative VMRO- DPMNE party, stepped down a year ago after a decade as premier ahead of an early election, which was called in a bid to end the turmoil.
The coalition agreement between the Social Democrats and parties representing Macedonia's ethnic Albanians was struck after national elections in December.
The SDSM then won their support, but nationalist protesters took to the streets in opposition to the proposed coalition government.
Sharapova targeting return to the top
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard also described the Russian as a "cheater" prior to their matchup at the recent Madrid Open. Lucic-Baroni may want to throw in a few drop shots to upset the rhythm of Sharapova's game and try to beat her.
Trump Vows Peace Push After Meeting Abbas - But Scant Details
That could prose major domestic political headaches for Abbas, as he battles unpopularity and challenges from rival factions. Palestinian officials said after the meeting that Trump had not raised any specific proposals to restart negotiations.
To get the chance to form government, Zaev had to offer an official signed statement with guarantees that the new government coalition will protect the unity, territorial integrity and multi-ethnicity of the country.
These focused on greater language and economic rights for the Albanian community who make up about a quarter of the country's population. "Respected citizens, members of the press, respected President of the Republic of Macedonia".
Last month, protesters affiliated with VMRO-DPMNE stormed parliament, attacking Social Democrat and ethnic Albanian MPs after they had elected an ethnic Albanian speaker of parliament.
Earlier this month, the European Union played host to Xhaferi in a gesture of support for the opposition.
Months of political tensions boiled three weeks ago over disagreements about the election of a new parliament speaker.
U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state Hoyt Brian Yee also flew into Skopje soon after the violence for talks to help end the deadlock.
Zaev's pledge to consider enhancing the ethnic Albanian minority's standing threatened to undermine Macedonia's sovereignty, Ivanov said earlier this year.
But Zaev promised a "swift formation of government in less than 10 days" in an attempt to allow the country to finally exit the deep political crisis.
EAST Hampshire's residents are being reminded to register to vote in the general election or miss their chance to take part. If you voted in the May election or received a poll card you do not need to re-register.
While speaking with the suspect, there was an exchange of gunfire, and the officer was hit in the shoulder, Tripodo said. The police chief in the village of Maybrook in Orange County has been shot during a standoff with a suspect.
Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince William and Kate will be in attendance, as well as their children. The days are counting down to Pippa Middleton's wedding on 20 May and the rumours just keep rolling in.
When is the Android Go release date? Android O's upcoming Picture-In-Picture mode built at the system level was demonstrated. The really cool news here is that iOS users do not have to really wait for Google Assistant to hit Apple's App Store.
Some of those close to Trump gamely insisted that the White House had been barely ruffled by the events of the week. ET this weekend.) Actress Melissa McCarthy is expected to portray him once again after popular past impressions.
Since taking office, Trump has called for restraint in settlement construction and signalled he is no hurry to move the embassy. The row erupted a few days before the first official visit of US President Donald Trump to the region, Xinhua reported .
The spin-off follows Sheldon's childhood in East Texas where he resided with his parents, twin sister and older brother. Adult Sheldon is then seen asking for "flashback sounds" before the younger version of himself is revealed.
Indian woman opener Deepti Sharma stormed herself into record books after slamming 188 against Ireland in an ODI match. It is the first time that the Women's ODIs have witnessed a 300 or more runs stand.
Tillerson said Trump discussed a range of subjects, including "common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism". By doing so, Trump jeopardized cooperation from an ally familiar with the inner workings of the Islamic State group.
Arsenal remain in fifth spot but sit one point behind fourth place Liverpool heading into the final match day on Sunday. If we got the first goal tonight maybe we would have got something to hold on to".
The EU will formalise its broad political goals for the negotiations at a summit next Saturday in Brussels. A national election in May 2015 was followed by the June 2016 referendum on European Union membership.
Most stations had recovered. "Because they could have done something ages ago to get this problem fixed, and they didn't do it". James Clapper told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he expects similar attacks to become a growing problem in the future.
China invokes Panchsheel to discuss CPEC
However, there were reports that Ministry of External Affairs had opposed it and the visit was postponed. To allay India's fears, the Chinese foreign ministry put out a statement today.
Monday forecast: sunny, high 86
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain chances linger, with an overnight low temperature of 59 degrees. Wednesday will see another low drop southward through the Great Basin, while pushing a cold front through the area.
New push to drive IS from 4 neighborhoods in Mosul
An Iraqi special forces soldier peers at Islamic State militant positions, in western Mosul, Iraq, Monday, May 15, 2017. Yar Allah says the forces "have broken through the enemy fortifications" without giving more details.
Ivory Coast defense minister says deal reached with soldiers
More than 200 commercial trucks were stranded on the roadside after mutinous soldiers sealed off the southern entrance to Bouake. In signs of the economic effect of the crisis, the banking association, the APBEF, ordered all banks to remain closed yesterday.
Bill Cosby says he won't testify in upcoming trial
So it's not all, it's not every. "So I think it's something that you never will be able to satisfy all minds and all behaviors". On Tuesday, he tweeted love to his wife and four daughters, and invoked the spirit of his murdered son, Ennis.
Intel to launch Core i9 Skylake-X & i7 Kaby Lake-X CPUs
These new cores have far less L3 cache than any current Intel HEDT chip - Intel's 10-core 6950X, for example, has 25MB of L3. The 10-core chip in the Skylake-X lineup, for example, can achieve a maximum turbo boost 2.0 speed of 4.3GHz.
Warriors' Kerr returns to practice for 1st time in 3 weeks
While assistant coach Mack Brown was on the bench for Game 1 on Sunday, Kerr watched the game from the Dubs locker room. It is a good sign to see him back with the team, even if it is in the locker room. "I hope he's feeling better".
Moto X 2017 - Latest Motorola Smartphone
Motorola , well Lenovo since it now owns the brand, didn't launch a Moto X in 2016, instead introducing a new letter: Z. The Moto Z2 family could be officially announced on June 8 (this date is visible on the home screens of both phones).