Macedonia to include opposition in government

The Macedonian opposition enters government after a brokered deal that includes the opposition

Macedonia to include opposition in government

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Macedonia's opposition socialists Wednesday entered the government after a cabinet reshuffle aimed at ending a lingering political crisis and paving the way for snap elections next April.

The move is in line with a Brussels-brokered deal in July to end a crisis that had paralyzed the nation of about 2.1 million for months and saw the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party accused of corruption.

The main opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) got the interior and labor portfolios and three deputy ministerial positions in key ministries, including finance and agriculture.

The party returned to parliament in September after a 15-month boycott following parliamentary elections in 2014 that saw the Balkan country plunged into political crisis.

Conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE party won a majority but the opposition said the polls were marred by fraud.

It also accused Gruevski of wiretapping some 20,000 people, including politicians and journalists, as well as of corruption, a murder cover-up and other wrongdoings.

The government, in return, filed charges against the opposition leader Zoran Zaev, accusing him of "spying" and attempts to "destabilize" the country.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Kasım 2015, 09:46