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16 Oct 17

Macedonia's Ruling Party Celebrates Convincing Win at Local Polls

Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats, SDSM, won a convincing victory Sunday night during the first round of local elections, widely regarded as a key test of the new government’s popularity.
The party won the mayoral races in 37 out of a total of 81 municipalities in the first round and have a convincing lead in another 13 municipalities. The SDSM, which won only four mayoral seats last time, is also close to clinching victory in Skopje, the main prize at these elections. The right-wing opposition VMRO DPMNE party of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski suffered a crushing defeat. It won only in three rural areas near Skopje and has a slight lead before the second round, set for October 29, in six more municipalities.

MIA; BIRN Skopje