Feature 26 Oct 17

Macedonia’s Governing Alliance Gripped by Reshuffle Rumours

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev may have to seek new government allies after the local elections if speculation proves true and he loses one of his key partners, the Alliance for Albanians.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
BIRN
Skopje
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at a government session. Photo: MIA

Although PM Zaev and the leader of the Alliance for Albanians, Zijadin Sela, denied the speculation this week by saying that they have not talked about a possible break-up of the governing alliance, some observers believe that some kind of reshuffle is bound to happen after the second round of the local polls on October 29.

The Alliance for Albanians’ three MPs currently give the Zaev government a slim majority of 62 MPs in the 120-seat parliament.

But the relationship is complicated by the fact that the Alliance is a bitter rival of Zaev’s other ethnic Albanian partner, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, which has 10 MPs in parliament.

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