Hoyt Brian Yee Tipped as US Ambassador in Macedonia

Hoyt Brian Yee Tipped as US Ambassador in Macedonia

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Brian Yee has been tipped as the next US Ambassador in Macedonia, sources of Exit in Skopje confirm. With the recent appointment of Wess Mitchell as new Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs by the US Senate, the gap left by former […]

Macedonian PM Zaev Declares Victory in Local Elections

Macedonian PM Zaev Declares Victory in Local Elections

The Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has today declared it victory in the first round of the local elections held on October 15. Even though not all official results have been announced, the SDSM claims to have won in more than 40 of the 81 municipalities. Prime Minister Zaev called […]

Serbia and Macedonia Intent on Solving Diplomatic Crisis

Serbia and Macedonia Intent on Solving Diplomatic Crisis

Next week the staff of the Serbian Embassy in Macedonia will return. This is the result of a telephone conversation between Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Wednesday. In a common press statement after the conversation, both leaders declared that they have agreed to solve their mutual misunderstandings: Despite the […]

Macedonia Has New Gov’t, 8 Albanian Ministers

Macedonia Has New Gov’t, 8 Albanian Ministers

After six months of deep political crisis, the Macedonian Parliament voted yesterday night for a new government led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the leader of the left-wing SDSM party. The new cabinet was voted with 62 votes in favor, 44 against, and 5 abstentions, after two days of heavy debates between the VRMO-DPMNE, the […]

Ivanov Surrenders, Expected to Give Zaev Mandate Today

Ivanov Surrenders, Expected to Give Zaev Mandate Today

Macedonian President Gjorgje Ivanov is expected today to give SDSM leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a new government. Since the general elections of December 11, 2016, Macedonia has been in a deep political crisis, with President Ivanov consistently refusing to give former opposition leader Zaev a mandate to form a new government with […]

Macedonian Speaker Xhaferi Sets Deadline to President Ivanov

Macedonian Speaker Xhaferi Sets Deadline to President Ivanov

The recently elected Speaker of the Macedonian Parliament Telat Xhaferi has sent a second letter to President Gjorgje Ivanov asking him to give SDSM leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a majority government consisting of his social-democratic party and the Albanian minority parties within ten days. Although the office of President Ivanov has confirmed […]

US Urges Macedonian Leaders to Form New Government

US Urges Macedonian Leaders to Form New Government

According to Reuters, the United States urged Macedonian leaders on Monday to end a political stalemate and allow the parliamentary majority made up of Social Democrats and parties representing ethnic Albanians to form a new government. Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs of the US Hoyt Brian Yee during a visit in Macedonia […]

Protesters Invade Macedonian Parliament

Protesters Invade Macedonian Parliament

Yesterday supporters of Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO-DPMNE stormed the Macedonian parliament, attacking future Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, head of the SDSM. The protest erupted after the parliamentary majority led by Zaev’s social-democratic party elected a new speaker of parliament, Talat Xhaferi of the Albanian minority party BDI. National television stations transmitted live images of the attack against […]

Macedonian President Ivanov Refuses Zaev a Second Time

Macedonian President Ivanov Refuses Zaev a Second Time

Yesterday President of Macedonia Gjorgje Ivanov announced that he has again refused to give opposition leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to from a government. According to a press statement, the reason for this decision has been that “the obstacles that didn’t allow President Ivanov to give Zoran Zaev the mandate before still haven’t been eliminated.” With […]

Ahmeti: I Will Speak Albanian in Parliament

Ahmeti: I Will Speak Albanian in Parliament

The political crisis in Macedonia that ensued after President Gjorgje Ivanov refused to give a mandate to opposition leader Zoran Zaev to form a new government is showing no signs of abatement. While former Prime Minister and VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski sent out letters to foreign heads of state for support, and claimed that only […]