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Macedonia to hold presidential runoff vote April 27

By Kole Casule SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov will seek his second term in office in a runoff ballot against an opposition contender on April 27 after the first round on Sunday produced no outright winner. The second-round vote for the largely ceremonial post will be held together with a snap parliamentary election, called after the ruling multiethnic coalition in the small Balkan country failed to agree on a single presidential candidate.

Macedonia presidential election set for second vote

Macedonia's presidential election looks set for a run-off vote later this month after preliminary results from Sunday's first round seemed to show the incumbent falling short of outright victory. President Gjorge Ivanov, candidate for the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, heads the race with 51.8 percent of the votes cast, electoral officials said. His main rival, Social Democrat Stevo Pendarovski, won 36.3 percent, unofficial results showed, based on just over 70 percent of the vote counted so far.

Macedonians vote for president in test for ruling party

Macedonians voted for a new president Sunday in the polls seen as a test for the ruling party in the landlocked Balkan country and its path towards EU and NATO membership. The vote for the largely ceremonial presidential post is seen as a bellwether for the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party's prospects in early general elections later this month. Incumbent President Gjorge Ivanov, who is bidding for a second five-year term, faces three challengers.

Macedonia holds presidential election

Macedonians will vote for a new president Sunday, in a poll seen as a test for the ruling party ahead of general elections later this month in the EU candidate country. The election of the largely ceremonial post of president has been overshadowed by the dire economic situation in the country of two million people, where more than one in four is unemployed. Four candidates are in the running, including incumbent President Gjorge Ivanov, from the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, who is bidding for a second five-year term.

Macedonians vote for new president as general election nears

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonians were voting for a new president on Sunday in a ballot largely overshadowed by an upcoming parliamentary election in the small Balkan country, due in two weeks' time. Four candidates are competing for the largely ceremonial post and the main battle is between incumbent head of state Gjorge Ivanov, who is seeking a second term, and Stevo Pendarovski, a candidate of the center-left opposition.

Macedonians vote for president in test for ruling party

Macedonians voted for a new president on Sunday in a poll seen as a test for the ruling party ahead of general elections later this month in the EU candidate country. The campaign for the largely ceremonial post was dominated by the dire economic situation in the country of two million, where more than one in four is unemployed. Incumbent President Gjorge Ivanov of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, who is bidding for a second five-year term, faces three challengers.

Macedonians to vote in parliamentary polls on April 27

Macedonia will hold early parliamentary elections on April 27 following a dispute within the ruling coalition over presidential polls, state MIA news agency reported Thursday. Parliamentary speaker Trajko Veljanoski called the snap polls a day after 117 MPs in the 123-seat assembly voted to dissolve parliament.

Macedonia's lawmakers dissolve parliament, early vote likely in April

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Macedonia voted to dissolve parliament on Wednesday, clearing the way for a snap election expected in April after the multi-ethnic ruling coalition failed to agree on a candidate for president. Parliamentary elections had been due next year. The speaker of parliament must now set a date for an early poll, which local media said would likely coincide with the second round of a presidential election. The first round of the presidential vote is scheduled for April 13.

Macedonia to hold snap elections

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on Saturday agreed to early general elections next month after his ruling coalition failed to agree on a presidential candidate. "For the sake of state and national interest I accept early parliamentary elections to be held" on April 27, Gruevski told a meeting of his VMRO-DPMNE party, paving the way for a possible split with the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI).

Macedonia's ruling conservatives win local polls

Macedonia's ruling conservatives overwhelmingly won local elections held amid tensions with opposition socialists and against a backdrop of ethnic tensions, the electoral commission said Monday. Both the commission and interior ministry have said Sunday's elections were held without major problems, despite fears that ethnic tensions and an ongoing political crisis could mar the polls.
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