The prime minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, on Jan. 3 signed his resignation, so that a technical government for carrying out elections may be formed sometime during the day.
"I have signed my resignation, in line with the agreement (on elections) and the Law on Government. I believe that it will arrive in parliament very quickly, whereby the procedure for the appointment of an interim government may begin," Zaev told a local media outlet.
After two years and seven months at the post of prime minister, Zaev is resigning so that a technical cabinet that will prepare a snap general election for April 12 can be formed, in line with an agreement between the leading parties' leaders, after North Macedonia failed for the third time to get a date in October for the start of accession negotiations with the EU.
When the parliament adopts Zaev's resignation, President Stevo Pendarovski will hand a mandate for the forming of a technical government to Interior Minister and vice president of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia Oliver Spasovski, so that the parliament verifies a new cabinet by midnight, in which the opposition will have two ministers and three additional deputy ministers.
According to the so-called "Przino model," which was first applied in 2016, a technical government is formed 100 days before an election and in it the opposition holds the posts of interior minister and minister of labor, as well as additional deputy ministers of finance, agriculture and administration.