Macedonian Parliament Approves Caretaker Cabinet Ahead of Vote

The parliament in the Republic of Macedonia approved Emil Dimitriev as the caretaker prime minister late on Monday, empowering him to organize early elections planned for April 24, MIA public news service reported from Skopje.

The parliament will be dissolved as of February 24. The former Yugoslav republic’s opposition parties said they won’t participate in the early ballot.

The country plunged into its worst political crisis in a decade nine months ago, when the government came under pressure over the leak of alleged wiretaps that purported to show abuses of power by officials. The former administration faced further woes in May when police clashed with armed groups in the town of Kumanovo, leaving 22 dead.

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