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Macedonian Parliament To Be Dissolved Ahead Of Early Elections

Parliament in Macedonia is expected to be dissolved ahead of an early election on June 5 that is aimed at ending a political crisis sparked by a wire-tapping scandal.

The election is being held two years early under a Western-brokered deal reached last year.

The crisis stemmed from opposition allegations that the governing conservatives illegally wire-tapped 20,000 people, including police, judges, journalists, and foreign diplomats.

Lawmakers are expected to vote for the formal dissolution of parliament at midnight on April 6, starting the 60-day countdown to the election.

The election initially was set for April 24 but Macedonia's main political parties agreed in February to push it back after opposition parties, backed by the European Union and United States, complained that April was too early.

Based on reporting by AP

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