Zaev:  We will negotiate for a government committed to all citizens equally


After winning 46 seats in the July 15 early parliamentary elections, SDSM on Tuesday kicks off negotiations for new parliamentary majority and the formation of a government in the next four years.

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev after today’s constitutive session in Parliament said negotiations ‘at several levels’ would take place in the coming period. Speaking at a news conference, he said he expected a positive outcome from the negotiations in 10-15 days’ time.

“Starting today, we are entering negotiations for a new four-term, full mandate of a stable majority in Parliament, a majority that would secure a stable and dedicated four-year government committed to hard work,” Zaev told reporters.

He said negotiations would exclusively focus on the formation of a ‘government committed to all of its citizens equally, freed from any ethnic prejudice or nationalism.’

The new government, Zaev pledged, would fight against rampant crime and corruption and would fully focus on vetting judges and state officials.

“The future members of the new government will have to be prepared for a serious reform in public administration, to make it more efficient and to cut it by 20 percent,” he said, adding the reform involved cutting down the number of ministers and rationalizing public services.

According to the SDSM leader, the future government will also focus on the economy, making sure salaries rise, investments in young people continue, balanced regional development is applied, the private sector is supported and poverty-stricken citizens are taken care of.

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