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North Macedonia's PM Zaev steps down

Feputy finance minister Kovacevski is set to replace him

23 December, 13:47
(ANSA-AFP) - BELGRADE, DEC 23 - North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev formally resigned Thursday, weeks after the embattled leader announced plans to step down following the drubbing of his party in municipal elections. The country's parliament formally ratified Zaev's resignation a day after he sent a letter to the legislative body, paving the way for his exit. Zaev's resignation announcement late October came after months of sliding popularity as he struggled to keep the country's pandemic-hit economy on track. The turmoil came amid stalled talks over possible accession to the European Union. The resignation came as a surprise to his political allies, who pleaded with him to reconsider after his government survived a no-confidence vote and added seats to his razor-thin majority in the parliament. "It would be politically irresponsible and unjustified in front of my people and my country to continue to lead the government on its Euro-Atlantic path," Zaev wrote in the letter delivered to the legislature. The country's deputy finance minister Dimitar Kovacevski is set to replace Zaev in the coming days. (ANSA-AFP).

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