Macedonia’s president to mandate Social Democrats to form government

Macedonian Social Democratic leader Zoran Zaev .

Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov said on Wednesday he would give a mandate to Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev to form a government.

Following national elections in December, the Social Democrats and parties representing ethnic Albanians agreed a coalition, but Ivanov had so far had refused to give them mandate.

Ivanov said in a statement he would meet Zaev at noon (1000 GMT).

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