Ruling Party Takes Slim Lead in Macedonian Parliamentary Election

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20175 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Supporters of Macedonia’s ruling conservative party and a rival left-wing group took to the streets claiming election victory early on December 12.

As final counts continued, the ruling <span class="caps">VMRO</span>-<span class="caps">DPMN</span> had a slim lead, <a href="http://www.rferl.org/a/macedonia-elections-after-wiretap-scandal/28168877.html" target="_blank"><span class="caps">RFE</span> said</a>, although the respective leaders of both parties predicted victory.

The State Electoral Commission website showed that with 98 percent of the votes counted, the <span class="caps">VMRO</span> had won 37.96 percent of the vote while the left-wing <span class="caps">SDSM</span> had 36.65 percent.

Based on those results, neither party would gain enough seats to form a parliamentary majority.

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