The leaders of VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM, Nikola Gruevski and Zoran Zaev, are expected to meet Friday in an attempt to renew the political dialogue in the country and weather the post-election parliamentary crisis. Gruevski invited Zaev to a meeting Wednesday after a few hours earlier the Parliament decided to postpone the session for the verification of the opposition MPs’ resignations.
Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski interrupted Wednesday’s parliamentary session only two or three minutes after its start, explaining that the political dialogue should be given one more chance. The Social Democrats saw this as a signal for a meeting between Gruevski and Zaev at which the leader of SDSM would present his conditions for the return of the opposition MPs to Parliament. Shortly after, there arrived Gruevski’s invitation for a meeting Friday (20 June), a day after his reelection as prime minister and after the election of his fourth cabinet.