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Macedonian Parliament Elects New Government

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Macedonia’s parliament has approved a new coalition government, backing the coalition formed by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. After a two-day debate, 70 members of the 123-seat parliament voted late Thursday for the coalition headed by Mr. Gruevski’s conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, with the ethnic Albanian DUI party as its junior partner. The two parties won the […]

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Greece Criticizes New Macedonian Statue of Alexander the Great

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece is criticizing Macedonia for erecting a huge statue of the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great in the center of Skopje. The French news Agency quotes Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis as calling the statue a “provocation.” Hundreds of Macedonians cheered as a crane lowered the statue of Alexander astride a horse. The statue […]

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Macedonia’s Ruling Party Wins Elections

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Macedonia’s Prime Minister Nicola Gruevski has won the country’s general elections, but will have to form a coalition to govern. In final results announced Monday, Mr. Gruevski’s conservatives won 39 percent of the vote — not enough to govern alone. The main rival Social Democrats, led by former prime minister and president Branko Crvenkovski, got […]

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Macedonians Vote in Parliamentary Elections

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Macedonians voted Sunday in elections that many hope will speed up reforms necessary for membership in the European Union. The chairman of the state electoral commission, Boris Kondarko, said toward the end of the day that voter turnout was nearly 54 percent, higher than in other recent elections. He said only minor irregularities had been […]

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Macedonians Vote in Parliamentary Elections

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The latest surveys gave Mr. Gruevski’s coalition the lead, but many believe it will fall short of winning an outright majority. Voting was monitored by around 3,500 local and 330 international observers.

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Macedonia Holds Snap Elections

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Polls opened in Macedonia Sunday for snap elections that many hope will speed up reforms necessary for membership in the European Union. About 1.8 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect deputies for the 123-seat parliament, which will have a four-year mandate. The main contenders are the ruling 24-party coalition led by […]

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