Skopje, Macedonia. In what will hopefully be a peaceful transfer of power, the new PM Talat Xaferi of Macedonia, has forwarded the letter of notice for assumption of power.

The newly elected speaker of the Macedonian parliament, Talat Xhaferi, has sent a letter to President Gjorge Ivanov to officially inform him of the new majority in the parliament.

The letter was sent in the expectation that the president will give a mandate to the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia leader to now form a government, Xhaferi said. Meanwhile Xaferi has been visiting EU headquarters in Brussels and is now on his way back to Skopje.

Xhaferi became the speaker a day earlier after being temporarily prevented by lawmakers from the SDSM’s rival, the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party.

According to Macedonian law, Ivanov should respond within ten days. Up until now he has refused to give a mandate to SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, citing Zaev’s coalition with ethnic Albanian parties which are seeking greater rights for Macedonia’s Albanian minority as a condition for backing his government.

Ivanov is close to to VMRO-DPMNE, which has ruled Macedonia since 2006 and has tried to prevent a handover of power to the SDSM.

Talat Xhaferi, was an MP from the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), who was elected during an unconventional procedure in the middle of the Macedonian parliament hall, as MPs from VMRO-DPMNE tried to prevent his election. This sparked violent incidents in the parliament which left over 100 people injured, including Zaev.

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