Comment 18 Sep 17

Albanian Parties Face High Stakes in Macedonia Polls

The local elections in Macedonia will not only be an important test of strength for the two main Macedonian parties, but for the Albanian bloc as well.

Sefer Tahiri
BIRN
Skopje
Ali Ahmeti, the leader of DUI, Ziadin Sela,the leader of the Alliance of Albanians, and Bilal Kasami, BESA leader. Photos: Anadolu, BIRN and Facedook

Macedonia’s political parties face their next serious test of strength in the local elections on October 15.

The results for the former ruling VMRO-DPMNE party and the now governing Social Democrats, SDSM, will determine whether early parliamentary elections are called in the near future, perhaps in April next year.

That is why the local elections are almost as important as the next parliamentary elections. If the SDSM wins a sufficient victory over VMRO-DPMNE, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's party will seek new parliamentary elections in order to secure a more stable majority.

Currently, Zaev’s SDSM-led government has only 62 of the 120 seats in parliament.

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