admin1 – July 10, 2006 – 2:32pm
Photo: VMRO-DPMNE Gruevski

Nikola Gruevski, leader of the coalition "For a Better Macedonia", secured a majority for formation of a government. Over the last few days he made an initial agreement for formation of a coalition with New Social Democratic Party leader Tito Petkovski, Democratic Regeneration of Macedonia leader Liljana Popovska, and Democratic Party of Albanians Deputy Chairman Menduh Thaci. It is almost certain that Fijat Canovski's Party for European Future will also enter the government, which means that the new parliamentary majority will number between 64 and 66 parliamentarians, depending on whether the voting will be repeated at some polling stations.

Most complicated of all is the situation with the Democratic Union for Integration (BDI). The biggest obstacles to this party's entry into the government are PDSH and the opposition of the VMRO-DPMNE members. But Gruevski is seriously assessing the arguments in favor of a coalition with BDI.