Macedonia's president says cannot give government mandate to Social Democrats

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March 1, 2017 18:29
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Macedonian President Gjeorge Ivanov said on Wednesday he cannot give a mandate to form a government to the leader of the Social Democrats who won a parliamentary majority by getting the support of ethnic Albanian parties.

"According to my oath ... I cannot give the mandate to somebody who threatens the sovereignty of Macedonia," Ivanov told reporters.

Ethnic Albanian parties conditioned their support for Zoran Zaev with passage of a law to enable wider use of the Albanian language.

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