Connect to share and comment

Macedonia overcomes political impasse, averts election

By Kole Casule SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia's government and opposition on Monday resolved a row over responsibility for a parliamentary brawl that had threatened to trigger a snap election and further damage the country's attempt to start European Union membership talks. Setting aside their differences, both sides signed up to a report drafted by an ad hoc commission tasked with investigating the incident in December when opposition legislators were ejected from parliament for brawling.

Macedonian PM threatens early election over political deadlock

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia's prime minister threatened on Saturday to call a snap election unless the main opposition party did more to resolve a political deadlock that is damaging its European Union membership prospects. Nikola Gruevski said the prospect of opening EU entry talks could be withdrawn if the conservative government and the centre-left Social Democrats failed to produce an agreed report on an incident last December when opposition legislators were thrown out for brawling.

Football: 12 injured in Champions League match

Twelve people, including seven policemen, were injured when Macedonian police clashed with fans of Vardar during its match with Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League second qualifying round, police said Wednesday. Some 500 supporters of Macedonian champions Vardar threw objects at police, who used tear gas to disperse the hooligans, the police said in a statement. Three fans were detained following the incidents which occured during the match that the Romanians won 2-1 on Tuesday for a 5-1 aggregate. jmi-sm/ks

Former Macedonian PM jailed for embezzlement

An appeal court in Macedonia upheld on Monday the conviction of former prime minister Vlado Buckovski for embezzlement and corruption, but reduced his sentence by six months. The court in Skopje found Buckovski guilty of embezzling two million euros (2.6 million dollars) through a scam involving the purchase of spare parts for T-55 tanks for the Macedonian army at inflated prices, dating back to 2001-2002 when he served as defence minister.

Macedonia arrests traffickers of icons, archaeological items

Macedonian police arrested 14 people suspected of being part of a ring stealing and trafficking Orthodox Christian icons and archaeological artefacts, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. Those arrested, who include two employees of the national directorate for cultural patrimony protection, a museum employee and a policeman, were charged with forming a "criminal enterprise," along with "destruction, appropriation and illegal export of cultural patrimony as well as with abuse of power," Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska told journalists.

Ethnic Albanian rally in Macedonia turns violent

Ethnic Albanian demonstrators burned the Macedonian flag and threw stones at police in clashes that injured at least 10 people Saturday, officials said, as tensions rose after an Albanian ex-guerrilla leader was named Macedonia's defence minister. "Several people were arrested today... after a violent protest of young members of the Albanian community in Skopje," the Macedonian capital, interior ministry spokesman Ivo Kotevski told reporters.

Macedonia strikes deal to end political impasse -envoy

BELGRADE, March 1 (Reuters) - The main political parties in Macedonia reached a deal on Friday to end an opposition boycott of parliament that had threatened the country's chances of securing accession talks with the European Union, a European envoy said. The stand-off had raised Western fears of instability in the impoverished Balkan country of 2 million people. The main SDSM opposition party has been boycotting parliament since late December and threatening to shun a municipal vote due in March.

Floods in Macedonia kill one, hundreds evacuated

One person was killed and several hundred people were evacuated as floods caused by heavy rains hit north and east Macedonia, a government spokesman said Tuesday. The victim, a 51-year-old man, was swept away as he tried to cross a river near the northern town of Kumanovo, Aleksandar Gjorgjijev said. Several hundred people were evacuated from villages threatened by floods, while some 1,500 inhabitants were left isolated in the east after floodwaters swept away two bridges to their villages, the Macedonian Crisis Management Centre said.
Syndicate content