Election Celebrations in Skopje Following Conservative Party's 'Victory'

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 2017Updated: January 14, 2017
Published: January 13, 2017Updated: January 14, 2017

Supporters of Macedonia’s nationalist <span class="caps">VMRO</span>-<span class="caps">DPMNE</span> party celebrated in the capital, Skopje, in the early hours of Monday, December 12.

The ruling conservative party won “the 10th victory in a row” in Sunday’s 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.

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