BRUSSELS, July 12, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia (FYROM) Zoran Zaev arrives for the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 12, 2018. NATO leaders. Image Source: IANS News

Skopjeje, Oct 21 : North Macedonia will hold an early election on April 12 next year, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said, two days after the European Union (EU) put a hold on the start of the country's accession negotiations.

All leaders of the political parties have agreed with the election date and an interim government will be formed on January 3, he said after a meeting of all parties, Xinhua news agency reported.

"We have reached a consensus and I believe that on April 12 the citizens will make a wise decision," Zaev said after the meeting held in the presidential residence on Sunday.

The election will be held eight months before the current Parliament's four-year term is due to expire.

The meeting of the leaders of all political parties was organized by President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski following the EU decision to put a hold on the start of the country's accession negotiations on Friday.

Concerning the integration process, the president said, this meeting was fruitful, because all leaders of the parties agreed that there is no other alternative for the country.

"They all stand behind the idea that North Macedonia should begin the EU negotiations and finish them as soon as possible to become a full member," Pendarovski said.

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