admin1 – August 1, 2006 – 1:32pm

With 69 votes for and 20 abstentions, distinguished theater director Ljubisa Georgievski was elected new Chairman of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia today.

At the start of the meeting, the parliamentary group of BDI-PPD left upon explaining that mandatary Nikola Gruevski did not take into account the Albanian voters' will in choosing his government partners.

New Assembly Chairman Ljubisa Georgievski thanked all who voted for him, as well as those who stayed uncommitted. He said he regretted that BDI and PPD left the Parliament and commented on it with the saying: "Only a slave fights for freedom, and the free fight for perfection. All of us in the Parliament here and in the country are free people."

In his recognizable style Georgievski explained it was an advantage he was a director. He said drama was a conflict of which the director was in charge. In this Parliament, he will be in charge of political discussion.