Conservative Party Supporters Celebrate in West Macedonia
Residents of the western Macedonian city of Kicevo celebrated on the streets in the early hours of Monday, December 12, after the nationalist <span class="caps">VMRO</span>-<span class="caps">DPMNE</span> party leader claimed to win Sunday’s elections.
The ruling conservative party won “the 10th victory in a row” in the snap elections, declared leader <a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/33486126/ruling-conservatives-claim-victory-in-macedonian-polls/#page1" target="_blank">Nikola Gruevski</a>.
However, the opposition leader, Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, also claimed to have won the elections.
<span class="caps">VMRO</span>-<span class="caps">DPMNE</span> won 38.3 percent of the votes as of 1 am local time, while rival Social Democrat <span class="caps">SDSM</span> got 36.3 percent, according to the <a href="https://rezultati.sec.mk/Parliamentary/Results?cs=mk-MK&r=r&rd=r1" target="_blank">state electoral commission</a>.
Gruevski is set to return to office less than a year after stepping down as prime minister in an agreement with the EU to end government corruption. He denied accusations from Zaev, who said the government wiretapped thousands of people and obtained recordings related to the graft scandal.