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North Macedonia PM Zaev resigns after poor poll showing

The move must be approved by parliament

01 November, 09:19
(ANSA-AFP) - SKOPJE, NOV 1 - North Macedonia's embattled Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on Sunday that he was resigning following his party's poor showing in municipal elections over the weekend. "I take the responsibility for the results of these elections. I resign as prime minister," Zaev said during a press conference. "I have brought freedom and democracy, and democracy means taking responsibility," he said. The premier offered few details or a timeline of when he would resign -- a move that must be approved by parliament. Zaev said he opposed a new round of elections following his resignation. The country's main opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, which scored big wins in the weekend's elections, including in the country's capital Skopje, appeared to call for a new round of parliamentary elections after the announcement. "The government has been de-legitimised and that is the new reality that will be manifested in the parliament over time. However, it's best if this happens through early parliamentary elections," said opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski. (ANSA-AFP).

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