Macedonian PM to submit resignation Friday in preparation for election

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 2:03 PM

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said he would submit his resignation on Friday to pave the way for an early parliamentary election under a deal to end months of political crisis.

Gruevski, in a televised address to the nation, tied his departure to the date of an election penciled in for April 24, but which his opponents have hinted they want postponed.

"Tomorrow, to the speaker of parliament, I will submit my resignation letter, effective 100 days before the official date of the election," said Gruevski. He agreed to an early election during European Union mediation to end a crisis involving allegations against his government of illegal wiretapping.

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(Reporting by Kole Casule; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Andrew Roche)