With 62 votes in favor, Parliament of North Macedonia elects new Government led by Zoran Zaev


With 62 votes for, the Parliament of North Macedonia last night elected the new government led by Zoran Zaev. The session was attended by 115 MPs out of whom 113 MPs cast their vote. 51 MPs voted against the new government’s cabinet.

In his address before the voting for the new executive power center, mandatary Zoran Zaev said that the new government will honorably and responsibly serve all citizens and in all areas. He stated that all of the country’s internal issues were solved and all of the neighboring countries are our friends. North Macedonia is now a NATO member and we shall commence the EU accession negotiations, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

The new government cabinet led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has 19 ministers. Radmila Shekerinska – Jankovska remains a Defense Minister and Oliver Spasovski is the new Minister of Interior, while Bojan Marichik is the new Justice Minister. Artan Grubi is appointed as a Minister for Political System and Relations between Communities, Bujar Osmani is the new Foreign Affairs Minister while Fatmir Besimi is the new Minister of Finance.

The Ministry of Economy will be led by Kreshnik Bekteshi, while the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Water Economy will be led by Arjanit Hodza. Venko Filipche remains a Health Minister and Mila Tzarovska is the new Minister of Education and Science. Jagoda Shahpaska is the new Minister of Labor and Social Policies, the Ministry of Local Self-Government will be led by Goran Milevski, and Irena Stefoska is the new Minister of Culture.

There are fresh faces in the government’s cabinet led by Prime Minister Zaev such as Jeton Shakjiri, who will lead the Ministry of Information Society and Public Administration including Blagoj Bochvarski who will lead the Ministry for Transport and Communications. Naser Nuredini will be a Minister for Environment and Physical Planning, while Ljupcho Nikolovski, Nikola Dimitrov, and Fatmir Bitikji will be ministers without portfolio.

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