President Ivanov bowed to international pressure five months after parliamentary elections
Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov, bowing to strong international pressure, asked last Wednesday the long-time opposition Social Democratic party (SDSM) to form a government, news wires reported. He handed the mandate to SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, who has formed a parliamentary majority by winning the support of ethnic Albanian parties. The new majority has the support of 67 of the 120 MPs. Zaev said he will try to form a government by the end of the month.