Macedonia’s Gruevski fails to form government by January 29 deadline

The leader of the Republic of Macedonia’s VMRO-DPMNE party, Nikola Gruevski, could not manage to form a new government by the January 29 deadline, after being mandated 20 days earlier to form an administration.

A little before the expiry of the deadline at midnight on Sunday, the BDI (Democratic Union for Integration), which is led by Ali Ahmeti, said that it has not found common points for a coalition with VMRO-DPMNE. Based on the seats that they had earned in parliament in Macedonia’s December 11 elections (51+10), these two parties could form a new majority of 61 MPs.

“Unanimously we have concluded that we don’t have the necessary arguments to decide on the five options that we have on the table, thus the debates and the consultations will continue in the days to come,” said the spokesman of this party, Bujar Osmani, without issuing any details as to what was accepted and what wasn’t by VMRO-DPMNE.

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