The Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) approved the resignation of Zoran Zaev as party leader on Saturday, November 27.
In a marathon session that lasted until the early hours of the morning, SDSM members voted for Zeav’s resignation and opened procedures to choose a new leader. This latter will be elected on December 12.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had announced that he hadn’t changed his mind over his earlier decision to resign. At the same time, he stressed that the country should avoid snap elections and maintain its path of reform leading to integration into the European Union.
While no longer party leader, Zaev’s resignation as Prime Minister of North Macedonia is still pending, as his party attempts to shore up support for a new parliamentary majority after the split from Besa, a party of ethnic Albanians.
Besa has reportedly joined forces with the main opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE.
An attempted no-confidence vote to oust Zaev’s government in parliament failed earlier this month, after the quorum of more than half of MPs was not reached.
Zaev announced his resignation on October 31, following his party’s defeat in local elections.