Macedonian Parties Fail to Reach Agreement on Resolving Political Crisis

Working groups of the main Macedonian parties failed to reach an agreement on resolving the country's political crisis.

According to media reports, parties continue to disagree over the competencies of the new ministries and the deputy-ministers nominated by the opposition, MIA news agency informs.

Macedonia to Hold Early Elections on 24 April 2016

Leaders of the four biggest parties in Macedonia have contracted an agreement for the resolution of the political crisis in the country. The early parliamentary elections have now been scheduled for April 24, 2016, as reported by MIA news agency.

A mediator in the negotiations has been EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn who made a statement on the decisions agreed shortly after midnight.

Macedonia Leaders' 4-Hour Talks End with No Results

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.

Beating of Critical Macedonian Journalist Condemned

There was widespread condemnation of Friday's attack on Ivanovski, a well-known and vociferous critic of the Macedonian government who runs the Maktel website and goes by the nickname 'Politiko'.

Ivanovski told BIRN that two unknown black-clad men wearing masks hit him on the head with metal bars in front of his building, but he managed to escape before suffering further injury.