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FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev reported on his administration’s first one hundred days in office at a press conference on September 5, 2017.
After a controversial election in December of 2016, with near-tie results between Zaev’s SDSM, which won 49 parliament seats, and then ruling VMRO-DPMNE, which won 51, VMRO-DPMNE blocked transfer of power until May 2017. In late May, Macedonia’s parliament finally approved the new Social Democrat-led coalition government [en], headed by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.
Throughout the election campaign and after his appointment, Zaev vowed to add transparency to the government, as well as efforts for EU and NATO integration, and a zero tolerance attitude toward corruption in the country.
In the report released September 5 regarding the government’s results so far, Zaev stated that he feels his government “has kept its word and created a new political reality” in Macedonia. The PM also explained that this was accomplished by introducing transparency and several economic measures, abolishing so-called “secret” government contracts, and claims that the greatest challenge during this period was the rebalancing of the government’s budget.
Macedonia’s new head of government also said that his cabinet will remain focused on the implementation of deep institutional reforms in Macedonia.
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