Macedonian politicians agree on early elections by April 2016

By bne IntelliNews June 3, 2015

The leaders of Macedonia’s four largest political parties reached a preliminary agreement to hold early elections by end-April 2016, according to a statement by Johannes Hahn, EU commissioner in charge of European neighbourhood policy and enlargement negotiations. A final deal is expected to be reached at a new round of talks scheduled for June 10 in Brussels.

On June 2, Hahn met in Skopje with PM Nikola Gruevski, also leader of the ruling party VMRO-DPMNE, Zoran Zaev, leader of the biggest opposition party SDSM, Ali Ahmeti, leader of the biggest ethnic Albanian party DUI, which is also a ruling coalition partner, and Menduh Thaci, leader of the opposition ethnic Albanian party DPA.

In his remarks, the commissioner said that ahead of the elections, there must be sound electoral codes, a revised voting list and respect for the rights of minorities. All recommendations of the European Commission concerning the independence of the judiciary should be accepted. “We have yet no negotiations, but it is about rule of law, independence of justice, freedom of media etc.,” Hahn said.

The release did not inform who will organise the early elections, and only said that they agreed to foresee “a kind of transitional period.” In another statement, Hahn said, “A number of points will need to be further elaborated and agreed over the coming days, and in this respect, the Commissioner has asked to finalise talks with the leaders shortly.”

We remind that previously Zaev has demanded the resignation of Gruevski, the formation of a transitional government to prepare fair elections, as well as the resignations of the public prosecutor and the management of public broadcaster MRTV. Gruevski has not agreed.

Most MPs from SDSM have boycotted the parliament since the April 2014 general elections, claiming that the elections were rigged.

Related Articles

Macedonian parliament expected to vote in new government on May 30

The Macedonian parliament is due to vote on the new Social Democrat-led government on May 30, after prime minister-designate Zaran Zaev submitted the list of ministers and the draft programme to the ... more

Skopje court rejects special prosecutor's request to freeze VMRO assets

A Skopje court rejected a request from the Special Prosecutor's Office (SPO) to freeze part of the assets of the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party on May 23, according to local media reports. SPO ... more

Suspended sentences issued for Macedonian parliament violence

Nine people indicted for their role in violent incidents in the Macedonian parliament at the end of April were given suspended sentences by a Skopje court on May 23.  The nine were indicted ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at