Macedonia

Macedonia Election Campaign Nears Finishing Line

The campaign for the joint presidential and local elections in Macedonia ends Friday at midnight. After 24 hours of pre-election silence about 1.8 million people will vote on Sunday, after several weeks of campaigning during which the main candidates have largely failed to inspire voters. The conduct of the elections …

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Macedonian Ministers, Top Officials to Guard Ballots

Macedonia’s opposition and some analysts have rebuffed a proposal put forward by the ruling VMRO DPMNE party to dispatch party officials to monitor Sunday’s election, saying its a way to exert pressure on public administration employees to vote in favour of the government’s candidates. They argue that this move will …

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Greece Sentences Macedonia Activist

One of the leading figures and symbols of the unrecognized Macedonian minority movement in northern Greece, the orthodox priest Nikodim Carknjas claims he is a victim of classic state sponsored repression. He was recently sentenced to six months in prison for beating of a 12 year old seven years ago. …

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Macedonians Ask if They Can Vote for a Muslim

Several Orthodox Christian believers from Macedonia’s central town of Negotino, worried they would be committing a sin if they vote for Muslim candidate Imer Selmani in this Sunday’s presidential elections, have asked, and got the blessing to do so from their local priest. This unusual request came as the presidential …

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Macedonia Elections Fail to Inspire

Macedonia’s presidential election may fail due to the large number of citizens who are uninspired by any of the candidates and say that they are not inclined to vote, some analysts say. Days before the first round of voting on March 22 opinion polls show that there is a high …

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Macedonia on Reconciliation Visit To Serbia

Macedonia’s Parliament Speaker TrajkoVeljanoski visited Belgrade on Tuesday, the first official visit by a Macedonian official to Serbia since Skopje’s decision in October 2008 to recognise Kosovo’s independence cast a shadow over bilateral relations between the two countries. After meeting Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, Veljanovsko said the visit as …

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SDSM holds rally in Skopje municipality Gazi Baba

Skopje – Social-Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) presented late Monday in Skopje municipality Gazi Baba presidential candidate Ljubomir Frckoski, Gazi Baba mayor hopeful Milentie Janevski and Skopje mayor front-runner Tito Petkovski of NSDP, as well as the councillor list. “We have an obligation to change the image of Gazi Baba. …

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Macedonia’s Boskoski Accuses VMRO of Threats

Macedonia’s independent presidential candidate Ljube Boskoski claims that his supporters have received threats from the ruling conservative party VMRO DPMNE. Boskoski’s spokesperson Vesna Tasevska said on Monday that the candidate’s supporters who are employed in the public administration “receive threats for their jobs and even direct threats against their physical …

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Macedonia’s Ruling Politicians Win Popularity Ratings

Macedonia’s Prime Minister and conservative VMRO DPMNE party leader Nikola Gruevski is the most popular politician in the country, while the party’s candidate for president, Georgi Ivanov tops the list of presidential candidates, the latest opinion poll shows. Gruevski enjoys the trust of 31 per cent of respondents according to …

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