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Macedonian Opposition To Participate In March Local Elections

  • RFE/RL's Balkan Service

The parties also agreed on March 1 to discuss possible early general elections later in March.

The parties also agreed on March 1 to discuss possible early general elections later in March.

SKOPJE -- The opposition in Macedonia has reversed a previous decision to boycott this month's local elections, following talks with the ruling party and European Union Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele.

At the talks in Skopje, the governing Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization -- Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO DPMNE) and the opposition alliance led by the Social Democratic Union agreed to form a parliamentary commission to investigate an incident in parliament last year.

The opposition announced it would boycott the March 24 local elections after security forcibly expelled opposition deputies from parliament on December 24 before the ruling party voted on the 2013 budget.

The incident triggered almost daily protests in Macedonia by the opposition.

The parties also agreed on March 1 to discuss possible early general elections later in March.
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