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Minister for Europe comments on political developments in Macedonia

Sir Alan Duncan sets out disappointment at President Ivanov’s failure to end political crisis in Macedonia


Sir Alan Duncan visited Skopje, from 22 to 24 February, where he met with a range of political leaders including President Ivanov. The minister reaffirmed the UK’s firm commitment to Macedonia and its support for Macedonia’s EU accession and NATO membership.

There has been a political crisis in Macedonia since 2015 and early elections took place in December last year. During his visit Minister Duncan encouraged leaders to move forward with the formation of a government and end the political crisis. He also highlighted the need to make progress with the much needed reform process. Following his departure, a clear majority of MPs elected in December have shown they can and want to form a government. However, President Ivanov has now decided to withhold the mandate, thus preventing the government from being formed.

Following this announcement, Sir Alan Duncan said:

67 newly elected MPs representing different communities across Macedonia have asked to form a government.

67 out of 120 is a clear majority. President Ivanov should reconsider his decision.

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Published 3 March 2017