The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaef, requested and received a vote of confidence in his government from the Parliament that night.
62 deputies (out of 120 numbered by the legislature of Northern Macedonia) voted “in favor” of the motion of confidence in the government, while no one voted against.
Opposition lawmakers abstained from the vote, calling it a “farce.”
Zoran Zaef made a surprise appearance in parliament yesterday afternoon and called for a vote of confidence in his government., citing Rules of Procedure of the Parliament gives him the right to the Prime Minister to orally ask for a vote of confidence in the government.
The Rules of Procedure of the Parliament stipulate that if the Prime Minister raises the issue of giving a vote of confidence to the government orally during a plenary session, then a vote is held in the same session without prior discussion.
Addressing the House, Zoran Zaef said he was asking for a vote of confidence in his government to dispel the doubts raised by the “non-existent” allegations of the opposition that the government has lost the declared.
The reason for these allegations of the opposition was the independence of three deputies, coming from two small parties, from the parliamentary group of the ruling Social Democratic Party (SDSM) of Zoran Zaef.
However, according to the correspondent of the Athens News Agency, these two small parties (Liberal Democratic Party, which has two deputies and the Democratic Union, which is represented by one member) that separated their deputies from the parliamentary group of Zaef’s party stressed that continue to strongly support the government and clarified that the independence of their MPs was done in order to express themselves more freely on certain issues with which they do not always agree with the government.
Zoran Zaef’s government was formed on August 30th, following his party ‘s victory in the July 15 parliamentary elections.
In the July 15th elections, Zaef’s Social Democratic Party (SDSM) came in first, occupying 46 seats in the new parliament. Christian Mickoski’s right-wing nationalist VMRO-DPMNE came in second (44 seats), Ali Ahmeti’s Albanian DUI party came in third (15 seats), and the opposition Alliance for Albanians came in fourth (12 seats). Left “(2 seats) and the sixth the Democratic Party of Albanians.
The government of Zoran Zaef has a narrow majority of only two deputies in Parliament.