It took the whole day for Macedonian parliamentarians to vote in favour of PM Zoran Zaev and his cabinet late on Wednesday (April 11), thus rejecting a call for his ouster submitted by a nationalist opposition party.
VMRO-DPMNE party accused the government of crimes, corruption, wastefulness and selling off the state, while the ruling party MPs counter-attacked opposition colleagues saying “it is difficult to fix what someone (VMRO-DPMNE government) has been systematically destroying for a decade”.
Zaev told the parliament that his cabinet “inherited a total collapse, 280 milion euros debt coupled with grave consequences that were left by previous government, jeopardising the institutional system”. He survived the non-confidence vote with support of 62 MPs while 40 deputies voted for his ouster.
New Macedonian government was formed last July after two years of a deepening political crisis marked by a corruption scandal and a violent confrontations with an angry mob in parliament a year ago. The clash left several official blooded.
Zaev and his centre-left Social Democrats, have a slim majority in the parliament and face the difficult task of restoring normality to a country tormented by political divisions, a weak economy and tense relations between ethnic Macedonians and big minority of ethnic Albanians, who make up to 25 percent of over two million-strong population.