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Macedonian government easily survives confidence vote

April 11, 2018 - 3:07 PM

SKOPJE, Macedonia - Macedonia's government late Wednesday easily survived a no-confidence motion initiated by the conservative opposition, which accused it of failing to control corruption or halt economic stagnation.

In a vote just before midnight, all 62 lawmakers from the left-led governing coalition in the 120-seat parliament rejected the motion and 40 opposition lawmakers backed it.

The conservative VMRO-DPMNE party claimed that the 11-month-old government has turned the country's institutions and judiciary to its own benefit.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev countered that his government inherited significant problems from VMRO-DPMNE, which ruled Macedonia during 2006-2016.

Struggling to boost an $11 billion economy after a decade of flat growth, Macedonia has been rattled by successive political crises, marked by intense rivalry between the conservatives and Zaev's Social Democrats.

During Wednesday's 11-hour debate, VMRO-DPMNE's parliamentary co-ordinator Dragan Danev alleged that Zaev leads "the most incompetent ... and certainly the most criminal government" in Macedonia's history.

Zaev is trying to resolve a long-standing dispute with neighbour Greece over the former Yugoslav republic's name. Negotiations resume Thursday when the foreign ministers of the two countries meet at the lakeside resort of Ohrid.

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