Macedonia

OSCE says Macedonia’s presidential, local elections satisfactory

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Sunday’s second round of presidential and local elections went in accordance with “most international standards”, the OSCE said in a statement Monday (April 6th). We were pleased to see a peaceful environment and a well-administered Election Day, although some aspects of the campaign period seriously detracted from …

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Macedonia’s Ex Vice PM Sentenced To Prison

The Skopje court Monday afternoon sentenced the former Macedonian Vice Premier and former leader of the Democratic Alternative party, Vasil Tupurkovski to three years in prison for embezzlement. In the infamous “Taiwan Loans” case, Tupurkovski and one other person were charged for the misuse of funds. The money is question …

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West Praises Macedonian Elections

European Union, NATO and United States’ top officials are praising the recent peaceful and democratically run Macedonian elections. The presidential and municipal poll on Sunday, which cemented the power of the ruling conservative VMRO DPMNE party was seen as a test of the country’s democratic credentials. The vote was closely …

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Macedonia Candidates Neglect Ethnic Albanians

The low turnout of ethnic Albanians in Sunday’s presidential election was because they felt neglected by the two presidential frontrunners, who are ethnic Macedonians, according to local analysts. The poll barely succeeded with a turnout of 42 per cent, only slightly above the required 40 per cent threshold. This was …

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Albanians See No Macedonian Will To Solve Name Row

Macedonia’s lack of willingness to reach a deal with Greece over its name will not only keep it away from NATO and the EU, but also increase its isolation and poverty, ethnic Albanian leaders said. European Union and NATO member Greece imposed a veto on Macedonia’s NATO entry a year …

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Ivanov Elected New Macedonian President

George Ivanov, the conservative candidate of the ruling right from centre VMRO DPMNE party won Sunday’s presidential elections the State Election Commission data show. This election”opens the European perspective for Macedonia” Ivanov said. He noted his priorities would be EU and NATO membership and solving the long standing name dispute …

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Macedonia Election Campaign Ends

The election campaign for the second round of joint presidential and mayoral elections in Macedonia, seen as crucial for the country’s democratic image, ends at midnight on Friday. Following the pre-election pause, Macedonia is set to elect its next president in a run-off election on Sunday. Voters will choose between …

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Macedonian Identity “To Be Defined”

The European Commission has decided to redefine the terms “Macedonian”, “Macedonians” and country code “MK” in its institutional style guide, Erik Meijer, European Parliament Rapporteur for Macedonia, suspects. According to information obtained by Eric Meijer, these terms now in common use are to be replaced with the designation “to be …

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Macedonia’s “Baby Boom” Program Falls In Court

The government’s policy aimed at boosting the country’s population growth by giving cash bonuses to mothers with more than one child has crumbled before the Constitutional Court, on the grounds that it is discriminatory. The court ruled on Wednesday that the government’s provisions in the child protection law, envisaging state …

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