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EU: Deal For Early Elections In Macedonia Made

EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn (center), Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski (second from left) and main opposition leader Zoran Zaev (right) in Skopje on June 2, 2015.

A senior European Union official says Macedonia’s political leaders have agreed to hold early elections by the end of April next year in order to overcome a deep political crisis.

EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn made the announcement in Skopje on June 2 after a daylong meeting with Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, main opposition leader Zoran Zaev, and other key political actors in Macedonia.

Hahn said details of the EU-brokered agreement are expected to be hammered out next week in Brussels.

The agreement signals a possible end to months of turmoil in the Balkan country.

Gruevski’s conservative government has been under pressure since January over a raft of damaging wire-tap disclosures released by the opposition, which is seeking his resignation.

Both sides have held major street protests.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters