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Commissioner Hahn on latest developments in Macedonia: All leaders must respect the outcome of elections

Johannes Hahn

BRUSSELS – EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, reacted today on the latest developments in Macedonia. “We have repeatedly stated that all leaders of the country, including the President, must respect the outcome of the recent elections”, said Hahn. According to him, “In a democracy, one must acknowledge parliamentary majorities, even if one doesn’t like them”. Hahn also added that he therefore “expects all political leaders and institutions to let the democratic process run its course – in the interest of the country’s citizens.”

This statement came after the President of Macedonia, Gjorgje Ivanov, refused to give the mandate for the formation of the Macedonian government to SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, claiming that he “will not give the mandate to any person, or party, which has a platform meant to destroy the sovereignty, integrity and the independence of the Republic of Macedonia.”

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