Social Democrat leader Dimitar Kovacevski elected as new North Macedonia PM

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North Macedonia’s President Stevo Pendarovski nominated the leader of the Social Democrats, Dimitar Kovacevski, as the country’s new prime minister on Wednesday.

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This follows the formal resignation of former Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev as premier last week, to pave the way for new coalition talks.

The vote was held a day after Zaev stepped down as prime minister in the wake of multiple defeats in October in mayoral and local government elections.

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The country’s president offered a mandate after the small ethnic Albanian party Alternative agreed to join a Social Democrat-led coalition as a junior partner, securing a majority with 64 seats in the 120-member parliament.

A former Deputy Finance Minister, 47-year-old Kovacevski was recently elected as the left-wing party’s new leader after Zaev also relinquished the Social Democrats’ leadership.

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After receiving the mandate he has 20 days to propose a new government to Parliament.

His new cabinet is expected to be elected by mid-January.

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Kovacevski said that the priority for the new cabinet will be to “deal with economic insecurity and living standard of people”.

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