Macedonia

No Hole in the Budget, Macedonia PM Claims

As a new bid for state bonds is launched on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski argues that they are not being issued to cover a budget crisis. The rumours that the state budget is so empty that there is no money for the wages for the state administration and for …

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Ruling Party Candidate Leads in Macedonia Poll

George Ivanov from the main ruling VMRO DPMNE party maintains a lead according to early results from Macedonia’s Presidential election although he is likely to face a run-off vote in two weeks time. Out of 98 percent of the counted votes, Ivanov is the frontrunner with about 340,000 votes or …

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OSCE: Macedonia Passes Election Test

The first round of Sunday’s presidential and mayoral election in Macedonia met most international standards, western monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe say. The poll was “well administered and free of the violent incidents that clouded last year’s parliamentary elections,” the OSCE said. Election day was …

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Main Party Rivals Lead in Macedonia Election

George Ivanov from the main ruling VMRO DPMNE party and Ljubomir Frckoski from the main opposition the Social Democrats are set to go into the second round of Macedonia’s presidential election according to early results. Out of 37 percent of the counted votes, Ivanov is the frontrunner with about 81,000 …

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Voting Ends in ‘Peaceful’ Macedonia Election

Voting has closed in Macedonia’s presidential and mayoral elections, with the country’s Election Commission announcing the poll went without major incident and met democratic norms. In what was widely seen as a curtail test for the country’s shaken democratic record only the heavy snow disrupted the election with ballot materials …

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Heavy Snow Disrupts Macedonia Election

Only heavy snowfall has been causing problems so far as voting in Macedonia’s presidential and mayoral elections – seen as a key test for the country’s democracy – are underway. Polls opened at 0700 CET (0600 GMT) and will close at 1900 CET (1800 GMT). But 103 out of the …

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Voting Opens In Macedonia Election

Voting has opened in Macedonia’s presidential and mayor elections in a poll seen as a test of the country’s democratic record. Polls opened at 0700 CET (0600 GMT) and will close at 1900 CET (1800 GMT). The vote is closely monitored by the European Union after last year’s June general …

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Displaced, Prisoners Vote in Macedonia Poll

Displaced people and prisoners ahead of Sunday’s presidential and mayoral elections in Macedonia. Ballot stations in prisons and community centres opened at 0700 CET (0600 GMT) and will close at 1900 CET (1800) on Saturday, one day before the nationwide poll on Sunday.

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Macedonia invites Greece to improve relations

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki says Macedonia has proposed different initiatives to Greece aimed at improving bilateral relations that have been strained for the past 18 years over the countries’ bitter name dispute.

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