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Profile 09 May 11

Branko Crvenkovski, the Social Democrats’ Big Hope

A veteran of the political scene since the early 1990s, the former president and two-time prime minister is seen as the Social Democrats’ best hope to unite the party against the ruling VMRO-DPMNE.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
Skopje

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26 May 11

Macedonia Finds the Centre Ground Just in Time

After two decades of independence, and just weeks before the June 5 elections, Macedonia has finally located its pivotal point.

Election Background

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Macedonia Elections Profile

On June 5 Macedonians will vote for 123 legislators in six electoral districts. Three of the legislators will be elected from the diaspora, which is allowed to vote for the first time. More than 1.7 million people are eligible to vote.

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Macedonia 2011 Elections Interactive Map

1,821,122 million people out of some 2.2 million Macedonians are eligible to vote in the June 5 general election. The clickable map shows the top candidates for the Macedonia 2011 early elections by electoral region.

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Past Election Results in Macedonia

During the country’s 20 years of post-independence history past elections were often marred by significant controversies and allegations of fraud. As the June elections approach, doubt remains whether the friction between the two parties will allow for polls that meet international standards.

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Key political Parties in Macedonia

The main political players are divided into two ethnic blocs. Macedonians traditionally choose the party that forms the government. The Albanian camp produces its own champion, which is then usualy asked to join the government as a junior partner.