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Macedonia Announces Early Elections On June 5


Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

Macedonia's parliament speaker, Trajko Veljanovski, said today that early elections will be held on June 5.

The proposal for early elections follows a month-long boycott of the parliament by the biggest opposition party, the Social Democratic Union (SDSM).

All 79 deputies present in the 120-seat parliament unanimously supported the June date proposed by the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's right-wing VMRO-DPMNE party.

The SDSM has been boycotting the parliament since late January, insisting on early elections.

The SDSM walked out from the parliament after the A1 pro-opposition television station and three newspapers had their bank accounts frozen because their media tycoon owner, Velija Ramkovski, was under investigation for tax evasion.

compiled from agency reports
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