SKOPJE, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The presidential elections in Macedonia will be held on April 21, Macedonian Speaker of Parliament Talat Xhaferi said on late Friday.
According to Xhaferi, if a second round is needed, the elections will be held on May 5.
The term of the current Macedonian President, Gjorge Ivanov, ends on May 12.
Meanwhile, Macedonian parties are intensifying the process for the nomination of their candidates in the presidential election.
So far, in Zoran Zaev's ruling Social Democratic Union party (SDSM) no candidate names have been announced. SDSM has announced that the party will choose its candidate at a party conference to be held on March 3.
VMRO-DPMNE's main opposition party in Macedonia will present its candidate on February 16th and up to now nine contenders have submitted a candidacy.
The term of office of the President in Macedonia lasts five years.