The Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, announced his resignation on Sunday night after the poor results of his party, the SDSM (left), in the municipal elections of this small Balkan country.
The unexpected announcement comes after months of loss of support for the prime minister, who has struggled to lift the economy after the hit of the pandemic and the paralysis in the accession talks to the European Union.
“I take responsibility for these results in the elections. I resign from my position as prime minister,” Zaev told reporters.
The SDSM lost in the 2021 municipalities the City Council of the capital, Skopje, and of most large cities, after having been imposed in 2017 in more than half of the 80 municipalities in the country.
“I have brought freedom and democracy and democracy implies assuming its responsibilities,” Zaev said to justify his decision.
The president did not provide further details of the timetable for his departure, which must be approved by parliament. Zaev said he is opposed to holding elections after his resignation.
But the main opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE, with important victories in municipalities, including Skopje, appeared to call for legislative elections after resigning.
“The government has been delegitimized and that is the new reality that will manifest itself in parliament over time. But it is better for that to happen through early parliamentary elections,” said opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski.
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