Macedonia's warring political leaders hold a new meeting on Monday in the hope of reaching an agreement on a transition government that will lead the country into early elections due to take place by next April at the latest.
The key question is whether Prime Minister and VMRO DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski will step down ahead of the polls.
About 2,000 ethnic Albanians marched in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, on Saturday, demanding redefinition of their status and the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, newswires reported.
The marchers also called for the resignation of Gruevsi's junior government coalition partner, the ethnic Albanian DUI led by Ali Ahmeti, to open the way for early elections.
A third meeting of Macedonian political leaders has failed to produce any tangible results, local media outlets say.
Heads of four parties held another round of talks in the country's capital Skopje amid a political crisis, with socialist opposition leader Zoran Zaev demanding the government's resignation in a wiretapping scandal.