North Macedonia parliament OKs caretaker cabinet with first-ever ethnic Albanian PM

North Macedonia's parliament on Sunday approved a caretaker government with a mandate to organize a general election in May.

The government of the small Balkan country of 1.8 million people will be headed by the country's first-ever ethnic Albanian prime minister, current parliament speaker Talat Xhaferi, 61.

The 120-member parliament approved the caretaker government 65-3, with the main opposition, center-right VMRO-DPMNE lawmakers abstaining.

Despite the abstention, VMRO-DPMNE will join the government with two ministers (interior and labor and social welfare) out of the 20 total ministers, plus three deputy ministers.

VMRO-DPMNE attacked Xhaferi in a statement.

"Talat Xhaferi is the man who is known for violating the Constitution, the laws, the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly. … Talat Xhaferi is a man who comes from a party in which all the...

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