PES: President Ivanov must ask SDSM to form a government

01/02/2017

Zoran Zaev

The Party of European Socialists calls on the president of FRY Macedonia to give the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (Социјалдемократски сојуз на Македонија, SDSM) the opportunity to form a government.

Following the failure of the leading party VMRO-DPMNE to form a government before the legal deadline, President Gjorge Ivanov must now give the mandate to SDSM, which won the second-largest share of the vote in the recent elections.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

"The time has come for Macedonia to have an inclusive government. The leading party has failed to deliver it, and according to the country's own constitutional rules the mandate must now pass to the second-largest party.

"SDSM is a reforming, competent and pro-European party which won strong support from Macedonian voters in the recent elections. A progressive social democratic government is exactly what the country needs and I call on President Ivanov to implement the constitution accordingly."