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DAILY BRIEF (23:00) State of emergency, day 61: Good luck at elections, EU will publish the negotiating frameworks in June, donation from Qatar to fight the pandemic…

ELECTIONS If SDSM decides to have elections in June, good luck to them, said this afternoon VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski without précising whether in that case his party would participate at the elections. If there is such an expert that can say that in August there won’t be any coronavirus cases, I will be the first to say for the elections to be postponed and held then, said tonight SDSM Vice President and Minister of Defence Radmila Sekerinska.

NEGOTIATIONS EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Verhelyi this afternoon confirmed before the European Parliament that the progress reports of the Western Balkans countries have been postponed for September, but not the negotiating frameworks for North Macedonian and Albania, reported MIA correspondent from Brussels.

MEDIA The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) has condemned the labelling made by Democratic Union for Integration President Ali Ahmeti against the journalist on the online media outlet “In7.tv”, Albrin Hoxha.

DONATION A donation from Qatar arrived today at the Skopje Airport for helping our country deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus. The donation contains eight tons of protective equipment consisting of about 500.000 surgical masks, around 90 thousand three-ply medical and surgical masks, over 70 thousand N95 protective masks. In addition to the masks, the package also contains tens of thousands of goggles, protective helmets, protective medical suits, protective gloves…

CURFEW The Committee for Infectious Diseases tomorrow will discuss the curfew hours for the weekend and the upcoming holidays on Monday, as well as the opening of restaurants and cafes, said today Minister of Health Venko Filipce at a press conference.

 

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