Parliament to put its activities on hold as of April 1 due to presidential election

North Macedonia’s Parliament will put its activities on hold as of April 1, which coincides with the start of the presidential election campaign.

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi says it is common practice for the Parliament not to hold sessions during this period, but leaves room to schedule a session in case of a pressing need.

If turnout threshold is not reached in the second round and a new president is not elected, the Parliament Speaker will assume office as acting head of state for a period of six months at most, according to the Constitution, Xhaferi told reporters Wednesday.

In the meantime, he added, the procedure for election of a president is repeated, i.e. new elections are called.

This is regulated under Articles 81 and 82 of the Constitution, said Speaker Xhaferi.