Skopje, March 3, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
4 candidates will participate in the presidential elections in FYR Macedonia. Three candidates come from the FYR Macedonian community and one of them from the Albanian community.
The candidates in this race are: the candidate from the largest FYR Macedonian party in power, VMRO-DPMNE, George Ivanov, who races for a second term in office, Stevo Pendarovski, candidate of the biggest opposition Macedonian party LSDM (Social Democratic League of Macedonia), Iljaz Halimi, candidate of PDSH (Albanian Democratic Party) and Zoran Popovski, candidate of a small FYR Macedonian party known as GROM.
The largest Albanian party, BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) will not race in the presidential elections and it has invited Albanian voters to boycott the elections, as its proposal for a cross ethnic consensual candidate was not accepted.
All 4 candidates are professors and this has been considered as a race between professors.
Two independent candidates, professor Biljana Vankovska and the other independent candidate, Stojance Angelov, could not secure the 10 thousand necessary firms needed to participate in the elections.
Political parties must deposit at the State Election Commission their nominations 30 days before the elections. These presidential elections will be held along with parliamentary ones, which are expected to be held at the end of April, on the same day as the run off in the presidential elections. /ibna/