Republic of Macedonia Appoints Cabinet to Prepare Snap Vote

Republic of Macedonia’s parliament approved an interim cabinet which will organize a snap general election, scheduled for Dec. 11 in an effort to end an 18-month long political crisis.

Lawmakers voted to include two ministers of the opposition Social Democrats in the government led by Emil Dimitriev from VMRO-DPMNE, the country’s biggest party, Speaker Trajko Veljanoski said in the assembly in Skopje on Friday. Oliver Spasovski, appointed interior minister, and Frosina Remenski, in charge of labor and social policy, will replace Oliver Andonov and Dime Spasov from the ruling VMRO-DPMNE whose resignations were also voted on Friday.

The early vote is a part of a political agreement brokered by the European Union last year after the revelations of wire-taps against about 20,000 people including police, judges and politicians provoked the country’s worst political crisis in a decade. Former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski resigned Jan. 15 to pave the way to a snap poll which was postponed twice this year after calls from both the opposition and the EU claiming that the vote won’t be credible unless electoral rolls are revised and fair media reporting is ensured.

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