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Macedonian Court Halts Preparations For Snap Elections

Macedonia's constitutional court has temporarily halted all activities for next month’s early elections pending a decision on whether the dissolution of parliament was in line with the constitution.

The constitutional court is to issue its ruling within eight days.

If the court finds that parliament was illegally dissolved, it would mean reinstatement of the parliament before its dissolution and cancellation of the general elections scheduled for June 5.

Lawmakers dissolved parliament in April as part of an agreement to end political deadlock linked to a government wire-tapping scandal.

But three political parties decided to boycott the early elections, leaving the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski as the only one taking part.

The appeal to the constitutional court was brought by a junior coalition partner, the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration.

With reporting by Reuters