The Herald

Right secures election victory


MACEDONIA’S conservati­ves, led by former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, secured victory on Christmas Day in a bitterly contested national election after a poll rerun in a single station did not give the leftist opposition enough votes to overtake their rivals.

The rerun, in the north-western village of Tearce, near the capital of Skopje, gave the opposition, led by the Social Democrats, 245 votes to 149 for the conservati­ves, led by Mr Gruevski’s VMRO-DPMNE party.

The rerun had been ordered after complaints about voting irregulari­ties from the opposition Social Democrats.

The result has not been officially announced but has been posted on the website of Macedonia’s Election Commission. With the rerun result in, VMRO-DPMNE wins 454,577 votes and 51 seats in the 120-member Parliament to 436,981 votes and 49 seats for the Social Democrats.

The latter needed to secure 307 votes over the conservati­vesinareru­nto gain a 50th seat at the conservati­ves’ expense.

Mr Gruevski will need to form a coalition government with one or more of the Albanian-minority parties, as he has done in the past, but, this time, coalition-building will be complicate­d by the emergence of two new Albanian-minority parties.

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NIKOLA GRUEVSKI: To lead coalition

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