Macedonia Opposition Toughens Line on Poll Fraud

SDSM leader, Zoran Zaev | Photo by: AP/Boris Grdanoski

Zoran Zaev, head of the opposition Social Democrats, SDSM, said the party stood by its decision not to take up the 34 seats it won in the 123-seat parliament in last Sunday’s elections.

“The central board has unanimously accepted the decision of the executive board not to take up seats in parliament," he said. "The central board firmly stands behind the assessment that voters were prevented from voting freely owing to systematic government pressure against the people and the blurring [of lines] between the state and the ruling party,” he added.

The party will hold an extraordinary congress on May 11 when among other matters a vote of support will be sought for Zaev and the party's vice-president, Radmila Sekerinska.

According to the initial results of the general election, the ruling VMRO DPMNE party of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski won 61 of the 123 seats and thus gained a right to again form the new government. Gruevki has held power since 2006.

Talks for New Governemtn Agreed
Prime Minister and VMRO DPMNE leader, Nikola Gruevski and his junior coalition partner from the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration, Ali Ahmeti have already met and agreed to form work groups for the negotiations for the new governement.

“The two interlocutors gave positive asse4sment for the elections and the democratic and free atmosphere in which they were held” the brief joint press release reads.

In the ethnic Albanian bloc, The DUI triumphed over its strongest opponent, the Democratic Party of Albanians, DPA. While DUI won 19 seats, DPA snatched 7.
Albanians make up a quarter of Macedonia’s population and it has become an unwritten rule that the winner in this bloc is offered a...

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