Former Prime Minister’s one hundred day resignation stretches into one year

The VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski’s resignation as Prime Minister has lasted 322 days instead of 100 days as instructed by the Pržino Agreement.

Last year in May, in an interview with “Sitel” TV, Gruevski was adamant that neither would he resign nor would he accept the formation of a caretaker government because, he said, it would be cowardly.

However, time has shown that even though Gruevski was convinced he would remain Prime Minister, for an entire year he has only been party leader.

Under the Pržino Agreement, the early parliamentary elections were meant to be held on April 24, so Gruevski resigned as prime minister on January 15, 2016.

One day before he resigned, Gruevski publicly address the nation, and announced he would resign for the good of the country.

“This resignation represents the strength of our belief and faith in democracy. Our goal is to have clean elections that will not give room for excuses to anyone. We are convinced that what we are doing is for the good of the country”, said Gruevski.

The new Prime Minister in charge of conducting the elections, Emil Dimitriev, the Secretary General of VMRO-DPMNE was elected, has sat in Gruevski’s chair for almost a year. The decision for Dimitirev to head the caretaker government was made at a meeting of the Executive Committee of VMRO-DPMNE, and confirmed by the Central Committee of the party.

At the time, Ilija Dimovski said that party leader Nikola Gruevski has the full support of the Central Committee and that he will again be a candidate for Prime Minister for the VMRO-DPMNE at the parliamentary elections. Now Gruevski is the top candidate in the parliamentary list in the fourth constituency.

At the request of the opposition, the election was rescheduled twice, once for June 5 and then a final date was scheduled for December 11.

Apart from the resignation of Gruevski, the Pržino Agreement determined resignations from the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Labour and Social Policy and in those positions, members of the SDSM were put in their places. As additional control mechanisms were introduced, additional Deputy Ministers were placed in the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management.

As the dates were changing for the elections, so were ministers and additional deputy ministers from the SDSM, such as, Oliver Spasovski, Frosina Remenski, Kire Naumov, Ljupco Nikolovski, and Aleksandar Kiracovski. They submitted resignations and then returned to their functions.

Only Gruevski did not return to his function as Prime Minister, which he gave to Dimitirev for almost a year.

The Pržino Agreement was not exactly precise concerning deadlines that were to form a transitional government without Gruevski because the Agreement contains wording like “in due time” and “resignations will be made on time”.

Here, what this agreement provides the Pržino Agreement :

The incumbent Government will submit its formal resignation to Parliament in due time to enable the new Government to be sworn in on 15 January 2016, 100 days before the parliamentary elections which shall be held on 24 April 2016.

Under the constitution, if the election on December 11 are conducted in the best possible manner and meet the expectations of citizens, parties and guarantors of the Pržino Agreement, the new Parliament will be sworn in the latest by December 31, 2016, and the new government by mid-February next year.

This means that Gruevski will definitely not be as prime minister for more than a year.