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.