Race on to form coalition government after inconclusive general election
According to provisional results published by the election commission the governing centre-right Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) coalition has emerged as the largest party following Sunday’s general election. However they dropped 10 seats to 51 seats and 39.39% of the vote. That is just two seats ahead of the main opposition centre-left Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) coalition which took an additional 15 seats to take them to 49 seats and 37.85% of the vote in the 120 seat Sobranie. According to the election commission the three seats allocated for the diaspora will not be awarded because of the low turnout.
The centre-right and Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) came third with ten seats, a drop of nine seats, and 7.53% of the vote. Three other parties managed to gain representation. The new Besa Movement (an Albanian party) with five seats and the new Alliance for Albanians with three seats entered parliament for the first time. The right-wing and more traditional Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) lost five seats but managed to hold on to two seats with 2.69% of the vote.
Turnout was 66.79%. The battle is now on to see if the VMRO-DPMNE or the SDSM are able to offer enough to the smaller parties to garner their support. The DUI had supported the VMRO-DPMNE in the previous parliament and appear to have been punished accordingly, so whether they will want to be part of a new centre-right coalition is questionable.