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President Stevo Pendarovski made a new decision this evening to declare a state of emergency on the territory of the entire country.

The decision was made on the basis of Article 125 and Article 126 of the Constitution of the Republic of North Macedonia, following the proposal submitted by the Government, for a period of eight days, starting from 15 June 2020.

Political parties have agreed to hold early parliamentary elections on 15 July 2020.

Hence, the decision to declare a state of emergency is made in order to enable smooth preparation of the elections, in particular the implementation of measures to protect public health during the election process, in conditions of the Corona virus pandemic declared by the World Health Organization.

The eight-day state of emergency will allow the election process to continue uninterrupted, a decision on the elections to be made by the President of the Assembly and an amended schedule by the State Election Commission to hold the elections on 15 July.

After the reached political agreement, President Pendarovski expects the institutions to take all activities within their competences in time in order to provide quality and complete preparation and implementation of the election process.

In that sense, President Pendarovski expects the days during the state of emergency to be used only to make the necessary decisions and protocols for organizing and conducting the elections, with an emphasis on public health protection measures.
President Pendarovski expects the early parliamentary elections to be fair, free and democratic, having in mind the country’s Euro-Atlantic perspective.