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29 Nov 11

Former Macedonian Police Minister Jailed

The court in Skopje on Tuesday jailed Ljube Boskoski for seven years for illegally financing his political campaign and abusing his position as head of a small opposition party.

18 Nov 11

Macedonia Hears Closing Arguments in Boskoski Trial

The court in Skopje on Friday heard the closing arguments in the trial of the former Police Minister, Ljube Boskoski. The verdict is expected next week.

15 Nov 11

Former Macedonian PMs Ponder Joining Forces

Ljubco Georgievski and Branko Crvenkovski, whose bitter political rivalry dominated the 1990s, have hinted that they may now ally against the centre-right government of Nikola Gruevski.

09 Nov 11

Macedonian Police Reject Opposition Spy Claims

After Branko Crvenkovski, head of the opposition Social Democratic party, accused the authorities of eavesdropping on him during the June general election, police have dismissed the allegations as unfounded.

28 Oct 11

Macedonia to implement EC Recommendations

Macedonia’s Parliament has made public its conclusions on the proposals outlined in the latest European Commission progress report.

26 Oct 11

Macedonia Sends War Crimes Cases to History

The last of the four war crime cases concerning atrocities originally alleged to have been committed by former ethnic Albanian rebels during the 2001 armed conflict have been annulled by the Macedonian justice system.

20 Oct 11

Macedonia Foreign Minister Stands by Country's Name

Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki says the country's existing name, “Republic of Macedonia”, already provides a basis for a settlement of the name dispute with Greece.

04 Oct 11

Poll Gives Gruevski a Post-Election Boost

Support for the Macedonian government of Nikola Gruevski has risen since the June general elections, a survey by Brima Gallup has shown.

02 Sep 11

Amnesty International Calls for Justice for Macedonians

Global human rights organisation Amnesty International has asked the Macedonian government to reverse a recent decision which grants war crimes suspects immunity from legal proceedings.

31 Aug 11

Macedonian MPs Deny Seeking EU Protection

Legislators from the ruling VMRO DPMNE party deny reports that they asked Brussels to shield them from their own party chief, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

19 Aug 11

Macedonian Minister Tightens EU Timetable

Macedonia’s name dispute with Greece must not be used as an excuse for failing to fulfil EU reforms, the country's minister in charge for EU affairs says.

02 Aug 11

Key Figure in Macedonian Ruling Party Quits

Martin Protogjer, a close associate to Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, has resigned as secretary-general of the main ruling VMRO DPMNE party.

29 Jul 11

Macedonia MPs Back Gruevski's New Team

After a two-day debate, parliamentarians on Thursday night gave the thumbs up to Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's cabinet.

27 Jul 11

Macedonian MPs to Vote on Gruevski's Cabinet

Parliamentarians on Wednesday began debating the new government team of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski ahead of a vote expected on Thursday.

26 Jul 11

Macedonia Set to Endorse Gruevski's New Team

Parliament on Wednesday is expected to formally vote in the new government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

Election Background


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.