North Macedonia

Turnout, ethnic Albanian vote key in North Macedonian polls

Voters in newly renamed North Macedonia will choose the country's new president Sunday in tightly contested polls that could see the ethnic Albanian minority playing a major role.
Although the president has a largely ceremonial position, with some powers to veto legislation, the outcome of the vote could trigger early parliamentary elections in a deeply polarized country.

Down to the Wire

Close Shave

The first round of Macedonia's presidential elections delivered a surprisingly close outcome - the ruling SDSM candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, emerged less than 1% ahead of his main challenger, Gordana Siljanovska. This was despite polls which had shown him to be up to 5% ahead.

Border police: Heavy Outbound Traffic on Bulgarian-Turkish Border

As of 10 am there is heavy traffic, cars and trucks, from Bulgaria on the border with Turkey, Border Police said. On the other borders there is heavy traffic to Serbia and Greece. On the Bulgarian-Romanian border, there is considerable traffic to Bulgaria. Traffic is normal on the border with North Macedonia.

North Macedonia Needs President Who Can Heal Wounds

Meanwhile, the main problem blocking progress has been solved - 'North Macedonia' has become a reality. Or has it?

State capture

North Macedonia ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski arrives in the court in Skopje, 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI

This Sunday will see the first round of presidential elections.

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