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Feuding parties leave small door open for compromise; opposition vice presidents failed to convince leader Crvenkovski not to boycott the election
The final decision of the opposition leaders to boycott the March local election, and the rejection of the government to accept their demand for setting up parallel early general elections, does not mean definite shutting of the door for a solution, observers say. The only chance for a deal right now is through direct talks between the opposition leader Branko Crvenkovski and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
The vice presidents of the opposition Social Democrats, Zoran Zaev and Radmila Sekerinska, have failed to convince their leader to participate in the March local election, the daily says citing unnamed sources from the party, aledgedly present at their central board meeting. However, the opposition made unanimously its “final” decision to boycott the vote. This after the government prolonged the deadline for submitting candidates’ lists until Sunday and called the opposition to change its mind and participate.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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