Gruevski: Drop Tirana Platform and I'll back minority govt

Nikola Gruevski has offered to support a minority government led by the SDSM if its leader gave up on implementing the so-called Tirana Platform.

According to the MIA agency, former Macedonian PM Gruevski, the leader of the VMRO-DPMNE party, thinks the platform in question "could fundamentally change Macedonia and lead to divisions along ethnic lines."

Macedonia's SDSM Poised to Get Govt Mandate after Deal with Albanians

The leader of the social democrat SDSM party in Macedonia is to ask the President for a mandate to form a government after shaking hands with ethnic Albanian party DUI, local media report.

At a meeting on Saturday, the SDSM has unanimously picked Zoran Zaev as the mandate bearer candidate.

FYROM fails to form government

BELGRADE - Macedonia's (FYROM) president on Monday resumed the search for a new prime minister after the former premier failed to form a government, despite his party's narrow election victory, EurActiv.com reports.

The December vote was held as part of a European Union-brokered deal between Macedonia's four main political parties aimed at ending a long-running political crisis.

Gruevski Unable Form Govt, Macedonia Parliament Says

Macedonia's Parliamment sent a formal notice to inform President Gjorge Ivanov no government can be formed by VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski.

Ivanov earlier said he would kick off consultations with all political parties.

The two biggest parties, VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM, openly disagree on what Ivanov's next step should be.

Macedonia's Gruevski to Hand Back Govt Mandate to President

VMRO-DPMNE of Nikola Gruevski and ethnic Albanian DUI party of Ali Ahmeti have not agreed to form a new government within the 20-day deadline which expired on Sunday.

No agreement has been reached on forming a new government between VMRO-DPMNE and DUI, state-run news agency MIA quotes Gruevski as saying.

Macedonia's Biggest Albanian Party to Decide on Govt Coalition

The Democratic Union of Albania (DUI) on Sunday is expected to decide whether to join hands with conservative VMRO-DPMNE to form together with it the country's next government.

DUI has been refraining from a decision for days, almost exhausting the week-long deadline VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski has in order to form a cabinet.