Macedonia election: Conservatives edge ahead as votes counted
Macedonia’s governing conservatives are slightly ahead as votes are counted from Sunday’s general election.
With more than half the ballot counted, the VMRO-DPMNE had 39% of the vote with the SDSM social democrats on 36%.
Supporters of both parties have taken to the streets claiming victory.
There were no exit polls for Sunday’s election, which was called two years early as part of a Western-brokered agreement to end a paralysing political crisis.
Vlatko Gjorcev, a senior official in Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s party, told supporters at the group’s headquarters: “We won once again. Tonight, today on December 11, the tenth victory in a row.”
Meanwhile SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, quoted by AFP news agency, told a cheering crowd. “We are the winners!”
Macedonia’s ruling conservative party and the opposition Social Democrats both claimed victory in snap elections held Sunday in the hope of solving a two-year long deep political crisis.
“We won once again. Tonight, today on December 11, the 10th victory in a row,” Vlatko Gjorcev, a senior official of former prime minister Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO-DPMNE told supporters at the party’s headquarters.
However, shortly afterwards the opposition Social Democrats (SDSM) also claimed to have won.
“We are the winners!” Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev told a cheering crowd. “We have one more seat, we are waiting for the final results … but the trend is clearly in our favour.”
With votes counted at 85 per cent of polling stations, according to analysts’ projections the SDSM will have 52 seats and the VMRO 51.
The SDSM had earlier proclaimed victory in some big cities, including the capital Skopje, and its supporters took the streets to celebrate, AFP journalists reported.
For voters, the most important outcome of the vote will be to get a government capable of regaining stability after the two-year deep political crisis.
Macedonia’s governing conservatives have won the country’s closely-fought parliamentary elections, officials say.
The governing VMRO-DPMNE party secured 51 out of 120 seats in parliament in Sunday’s election, according to preliminary results.
The opposition social democrats (SDSM) took 49 seats, the state election commission said on Monday.
The result was expected to be close, with both parties earlier claiming victory.
With just two more seats than the SDSM, the result provides the VMRO-DPMNE party with a very fragile parliamentary majority.
Of the 123 seats in Macedonia’s assembly, 120 are elected from six 20-seat constituencies in Macedonia through proportional representation. The remaining three are single-member constituencies representing Macedonians living abroad – these are elected by a first-past-the-post system.
both sides said they won but only one can be right..
“We are the winners!” Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev told a cheering crowd.”
it was the russians.. 😉