Macedonia

PM agrees to early election


Published

Following the boycott of parliament by the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski (VMRO-DPMNE) has agreed to an early general election, possibly in June (2011). 

The original walkout and boycott by the SDSM occurred because a local TV station purportedly supporting the opposition, A1 TV, was shut down over tax fraud allegations.

A meeting on Tuesday (22nd February 2011) by the VMRO-DPMNE (Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity) executive agreed to support the call for an election.

The opposition SDSM leader Branko Crvenkovski has agreed to an election provided the government unfreezes the A1 TV bank accounts immediately.  They have also demanded the passing of a law on media funding, the funding of election campaigns, changes to electoral law and an updating of the voters register.

In the 2008 general election the VMRO-DPMNE coalition (For a Better Macedonia) won 64 of the 120 seats in parliament.  The SDSM coalition (Sun – Coalition for Europe) won 28 of the 120 seats.

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