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Macedonia's Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has called for early elections to be held on June 5, after the opposition dropped its demands.
The formation of a new ethnic Albanian party, led by the charismatic Rufi Osmani, may come too late to pose a real threat to the established players in the upcoming early elections, local observers say.
Critics ponder Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski''s motives in drawing on IMF loan money just before elections.
Despite high hopes for a deal on an election date, Thursday’s meeting of Macedonian political leaders ended without agreement.
After a marathon face-to-face meeting that lasted until late on Tuesday, the heads of Macedonia's two main political parties failed to reach a deal on a date for early elections.
A face-to-face meeting between Macedonia's two main political leaders, set for Tuesday afternoon, is expected to bring both parties closer to setting a date for early elections.
Local observers and opposition parties question country’s readiness to organise diaspora voting at the early elections that may take place in May or June.
Parliament will appoint a new State Election Commission president and vote on changes to the electoral code and the Judicial Council Law on March 15.
Despite facing increasingly vocal criticism from the opposition, the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party would come out on top if elections were held now, a recent poll suggests.
Former prime minister and former leader of the ruling VMRO DPMNE party heralds return to active political life in time for next elections.
The head of Macedonia's Electoral Commission resigned on Wednesday, amid political maneuvering between the government and the opposition about the date for the early elections that both blocs say they want.
Government and opposition are at loggerheads over a date for the early general elections that both sides now say they want.
The leader of the opposition Social Democrats has accepted the prime minister’s call for early elections, though it is not clear they will reach agreement on a date for the polls.
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has called on opposition leader Branko Crvenkovski to challenge the ruling party in early elections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After two decades of independence, and just weeks before the June 5 elections, Macedonia has finally located its pivotal point.