Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018
World

Macedonian parliament fails to expel former prime minister as legislator

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Macedonian lawmakers did not get the required number of votes to expel former Conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski as a member of parliament, which complicates a corruption case against him.

Parliament voted by 58 votes to 29 on Friday to revoke Gruevski's term, but failed to secure the required two-thirds majority at the 120-member assembly.

This 48-year-old politician was prime minister from 2006 to 2016 and is currently a member of the parliament of the main opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE.

Gruevski was sentenced in May to two years in prison for unlawful influence on Interior Ministry officials during the purchase of a luxury vehicle for an estimated cost of 600,000 euros (680 euros). $ 1,000).

He appealed the decision and asked that the prison sentence be deferred, invoking parliamentary obligations.

It was unclear how Friday's vote would affect Gruevski's fate.

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