Zoran Zaev, the leader of the largest North Macedonia’s political party and the country’s former prime minister, said on Tuesday his Social-democrats, SDMS, would form a new coalition government with ‘Mozemo’ (‘We Can’) groping, the Beta news agency reported.
He dismissed the nationalist VMRO DPMNE party leader Hristian Mickoski's statement he would form a new cabinet, describing him as an outsider.
VMRO DPMNE won two parliamentary mandates less than SDMS, but Zaev’s party was expected to join forces with ‘Mozemo’ coalition to secure a majority and name a candidate for a prime minister.
"The numbers are clear, SDMS and ‘Mozemo’ coalition secured the majority of deputies, and it’s obvious who will have the mandate to form a government," Zaev told A1 website
.Commenting on a statement by an ethnic Albanian leader that his party should have a candidate for a premier, Zaev said it was reasonable that the winning party names its candidate "not the third in the race."
The final results of North Macedonia’s early vote held on July 15 showed SDSM won 46 mandates in the 120-strong parliament, VMRO DPMNE 44, Albanian coalition 12, the ‘Leftists’ two and the Democratic Party of Albanians one.