Kovacevski is the new Prime Minister of North Macedonia | The standard

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Dimitar Kovacevski is the new Prime Minister of North Macedonia. The Skopje parliament elected the Social Democrat and his cabinet on Monday evening with a majority of 62 out of 120 votes, the makfax.com.mk news portal reported. The former deputy finance minister succeeds his colleague Zoran Zaev, who resigned after the poor performance of the Social Democratic League (SDSM) in local elections last October. The Cabinet is made up of 12 ministers from the SDSM, six from the minority Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) party and three from Alternativa, another Albanian party. In his program speech, Kovacevski cited strengthening the economy, tackling the coronavirus pandemic and the energy crisis as well as improving relations with neighboring Bulgaria as his government’s most pressing goals. EU country Bulgaria is currently blocking the start of EU accession negotiations for North Macedonia due to historical political demands. Next Tuesday, the new Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov plans to visit Skopje. A breakthrough in this is not expected, but there could be an improvement in the atmosphere. Australian Associated Press

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