The Assembly noted the resignation of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Government

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Today, at the session for parliamentary questions, the Assembly stated the resignation of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. The resignation was stated without Prime Minister Zaev orally explaining it. The resignation of the Prime Minister entails the resignation of the entire Government.

Zaev submitted his resignation to the President of the Assembly, Talat Xhaferi, yesterday.

In the submitted resignation, Zaev stated that he took this decision as a logical step that arises from the outcome of the local elections and as an expression of the responsibility taken for the election results.

Zaev has been the Prime Minister since May 31, 2017, and won a second term as Prime Minister in the elections on July 15 last year.

With the confirmation of the resignation, the constitutional deadlines for the election of a new Government begin to run.

The Constitution of the Republic of Northern Macedonia and the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament regulate the procedure in case of the resignation of the Prime Minister.

Article 93 of the Constitution states that “The resignation of the Prime Minister, his death or his permanent inability to perform his duties shall entail the resignation of the Government. “The government that has resigned or whose mandate has ended remains in office until the election of a new government.”

Article 219 of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly, on the other hand, states that “The Government, the Prime Minister or a member of the Government may resign. The resignation of the Government or the Prime Minister shall be submitted to the President of the Assembly in writing and may be explained… The resignation of the Government or the Prime Minister shall be immediately submitted by the President of the Assembly to the Members of Parliament and the President of the Republic.

Article 220 further states that “At the first next session, the Assembly, without a debate, concludes that the mandate of the Prime Minister, the Government or a member of the Government ends on the day of the session.”

Then, according to Article 90 of the Constitution, the President of the state is obliged within ten days to entrust the mandate for the composition of the Government to a candidate of the party, ie the parties that have a majority in the Assembly. The prime minister-designate submits a program to the Assembly and proposes the composition of the Government within 20 days from the day of entrusting the mandate.

The Government, on the proposal of the Prime Minister and based on the program, elects the Assembly by a majority vote of the total number of Representatives.

Following the resignation, the parliamentary majority is expected to nominate the new leader of SDSM and current Deputy Minister of Finance Dimitar Kovacevski.

After receiving the mandate, Kovacevski in the first half of next month should submit to the Parliament the program and the proposal for the composition of the new government cabinet, which would be followed by the election of his government at a parliamentary session.