Skopje may delay election due to formal admission to NATO, PM says

Skopje may delay election due to formal admission to NATO, PM says

Skopje may delay election due to formal admission to NATO, PM says Izvor: Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski

Zoran Zaev, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister, said on Friday his country might postpone the early elections called for April 12, 2020, because of the procedure of formal membership to NATO, the Beta news agency reported.

He said the Government could not leave the country without the Parliament when there was a possibility of ratifying the document on NATO membership, which would make North Macedonia the 30th member states of the Alliance.

“We should keep the April 12 date, but we nevertheless must leave the possibility of changes because of NATO,” Zaev told reporters.

He added that all 29 member states should ratify the entry protocol and that Skopje had to do the same because of what North Macedonia should have the Parliament.

For the April 12 election, the Parliament should be dissolved in February, before Spain, as the last country that hadn’t yet ratified the protocol on Skopje’s NATO membership do that.

Zaev’s ruling coalition with the opposition consent decided to go for an early vote after the European Union had failed for the third time to set a date for opening accession negotiations with Skopje.

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