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Macedonian Parliament Approves New Government

3 June 2004 -- Macedonia's parliament has approved a new government after three days of intense debate.

The assembly voted 68-12 late yesterday to establish the government of Prime Minister Hari Kostov.

Kostov was nominated prime minister after his predecessor Branko Crvenkovski was elected president in April. That election was called after President Boris Trajkovski was killed in a plane crash in Bosnia in February.

The opposition demanded a major reshuffle of the government, but Kostov's only significant change to Crvenkovski's cabinet was the appointment of his former counterintelligence chief, Siljan Avramovski, as interior minister.