General election called for 27th April


Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has called a general election for 27th April. The poll will coincide with a second round in the presidential election if required. The first round of the presidential election will be on 13th April.

The move came after the ruling Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO – DPMNE) and its junior coalition partner Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) disagreed over the choice of candidate for the presidential election.

Incumbent President Gjorge Ivanov from the VMRO-DPMNE party has been nominated for a second term along with three others.

In the 2011 general election the VMRO-DPMNE won 56 of the 123 seats in the Assembly or Sobranie and ended up forming a coalition with the DUI and Socialist Party of Macedonia. Currently the VMRO-DPMNE is popular with voters as the economy does well and they have a good chance of being re-elected.

Parliament will be dissolved on Wednesday.

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