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Albanian parties mull ethnic coalition in Struga; Government ministers actively campaign in the local elections
The ethnic Macedonian coalition in the towns of Struga and Kicevo between the ruling VMRO DPMNE and the opposition Social Democrats has caused a stir in the Albanian bloc. After agreeing on an Albanian coalition in Kicevo, the junior ruling Democratic Union for Integration and the opposition Democratic Party of Albanians are now exchanging offers for same coalition in Struga as well for the March 24 local election.
Government ministers are particularly active during the local election campaign, the daily says. They, along with heads of government agencies promote mayoral candidates of the ruling VMRO DPMNE and vouch as a guarantee for fulfillment of their election promises. This scenario, the daily says, is obviously in accordance to the message of the ruling party at the elections, that only an alliance between the central government and the local authorities can bring effectiveness and success.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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