Skopje, 4 August 2020 (MIA) – The new Parliament at its first constitutive session on Tuesday that was presided over by the outgoing Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi elected the chairperson and the members of the Verification Committee that will verify the mandates of its new MPs.
Upon a proposal of Parliament Speaker, MP Jagoda Shahpaska was elected chairperson and MPs Izet Mexhiti, Blagica Lasoska, Sonja Mirakovska and Safie Sadiki Shakini were elected members of the Verification Committee.
Xhaferi invited the chairperson of the Verification Commission to convene a session to review the State Election Commission (SEC) report on the July 15 early parliamentary elections and to submit a report with a proposal for verification of mandates.
The constitutive session of the new parliamentary composition is held in the Big Dome hall in accordance with the COVID-19 health safety guidelines. Only three of the 120 MPs did not attend the session.
The agenda also includes election of chairperson, deputy chairperson and members of the Committee on Election and Appointment Issues, and election of Parliament Speaker.
The Constitution stipulates that the President of the Republic of North Macedonia within ten days from the constitution of the Parliament to entrust the mandate for the composition of the Government to a candidate of the party, i.e. the parties that have a majority in the Parliament.
PM-designate submits government makeup and programme within 20 days of entrusted mandate.
The Parliament elects the government by majority of MP votes.
President Stevo Pendarovski said he’ll give the mandate to form a government to the candidate of the party or parties who’ll assure him of secured parliamentary majority of 61 MPs.
At the July 15 early parliamentary elections, SDSM won 46 MP seats, VMRO-DPMNE-44, DUI-15, Alliance for Albanians/Alternativa-12, Levica-2 and DPA-1. The final official results were announced on July 25, when the State Election Commission handed over the certificates to the elected lawmakers.
President Stevo Pendarovski, the outgoing Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, former Presidents and Parliament Speakers, the Presidents of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court and the Judicial Council of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Public Prosecutor and the President of the Council of Public Prosecutors, the Ombudsman, Government members and the Governor of the National Bank, as well as leaders of the political parties represented in the Parliament, the Chief of the Army’s General Staff, the presidents of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the State Election Commission, representatives of religious communities, and members of diplomatic and consular missions in North Macedonia are invited as guests to attend the session.
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the recommendations of the Commission for Infectious Diseases, the constitutive session goes ahead in line with protocols and criteria established in coordination with Commission chair Zharko Karadzhovski, with the only goal of reducing the risk of the virus spread.
MPs, guests and media crews underwent body temperature checks upon entering the building and disinfectants will be available at all entrances.
The constitutive session takes place in the Big Dome hall, in which MPs are seated at a proper distance and wearing protective equipment.
Voting will be manual, by using cards, and the session is broadcast live at the Macedonian Radio Television. Live streaming from the sessions of the working bodies is available to the media on the Parliament’s link.
The guests will follow the broadcast of the constitutive session from the Parliament’s plenary hall. In addition, media outlets can have a maximum of two representatives, since the press area has room for up to 50 people.
With regards to the recommendations of the Commission for Infectious Diseases, the Parliament’s MPs Club, the restaurant and the bar in the press center are not open. Considering the size of the indoor event, all persons are recommended to limit their movement within the building and wear protective masks at all times.