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Parliament Accepts Macedonian Premier's Resignation

18 November 2004 -- Macedonia's parliament has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Hari Kostov, who quit on 15 November.

Parliament Speaker Ljubce Jordanovski said today that the cabinet will continue to function until a new government is organized.

Deputy Prime Minister Radmila Secerinska, of the ruling Social Democratic party, is serving as caretaker prime minister.

Announcing his resignation, Kostov condemned a partner party in the ruling coalition, the Albanian Union for Integration, saying that it promoted partisan interests, nepotism, and corruption.

Only a week ago, Kostov had led the coalition's successful drive to defeat a referendum that would have blocked reforms to assure civil rights and increased power for minority ethnic Albanians.

He had threatened to resign if the nationalist-backed referendum succeeded. It failed, but he resigned anyway.