IBNA Special Report/Detailed information on double elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the parliamentary and second round of presidential elections
By IBNA’s correspondent in Skopje, Naser Pajaziti
Skopje, April 28, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
The largest Macedonian party, VMRO-DPMNE has achieved a convincing victory in yesterday’s parliamentary and presidential elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Based on the preliminary results from the State Election Commission (SEC), VMRO-DPMNE has won 42% of the polls or 61 seats in the 123 seat parliament. This party also managed to secure the victory of the current president, nominated by it, George Ivanov. He secured 55,2% of the votes as opposed to his rival from the Macedonian opposition, Stevo Pendarovski, who received 41% of the votes.
These elections saw a high turnout. The turnout in the early parliamentary elections was 64% and in the presidential elections, the turnout was 54%.
As far as other parties are concerned, the Albanian party, BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) won 19 seats. This is the best result achieved by this party since it was formed from the ranks of the former National Liberation Army (UCK) following the 2001 conflict.
The Macedonian opposition led by the Macedonian Social Democratic League (LSDM) has won 34 seats, a weaker result than the last elections where it secured 38 seats in parliament. As far as small parties are concerned, RDK (National Democratic Renaissance), which represents the Albanian community, has secured one seat. Meanwhile, the newly formed Macedonian party, GROM has also won a seat.
According to the results, VMRO-DPMNE of current prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, can form the government with only one MP from another party, but Gruevski is not expected to create a mono ethnic government. The new government needs 62 votes in the 123 seat parliament.
The new coalition is expected to have the largest Albanian party, BDI. Its leader, Ali Ahmeti insists that BDI represents the Albanian voters in the country.
But, the leader of PDSH, Menduh Thaci has also expressed his ambition to be part of the new government.
These developments are expected to be clarified in the days to come, when Gruevski launches negotiations for the formation of the governing coalition.
Last night’s decision of the largest Macedonian opposition party, LSDM not to recognize the results and the entire electoral process, can lead the country into a political crisis. LSDM says that these elections were rigged by the party in power.
Leader of LSDM, Zoran Zaev said that the opposition doesn’t recognize the result of the elections. Zaev said that “we demand an urgent formation of a technical government of experts to hold as soon as possible fresh parliamentary and presidential elections”.
Prime minister and leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski declared that this is a convincing victory of the party and coalition that he leads.
He thanked all voters regardless of their ethnicity. Gruevski criticized the decision of the Macedonian opposition not to recognize the elections. He said that the opposition must review this decision and act in the best interest of the citizens.
“I’m sorry that for personal interests and by not taking into account the will of the people, leaders of LSDM have decided to work against Macedonia and in the best interest of those who do not want Macedonia”, declared Gruevski.
The State Election Commission (SEC) considered these elections as quiet and democratic, by saying that there were no irregularities and incidents.
“We believe that the elections were quiet and democratic. The citizens have massively exerted their right of vote. There were no irregularities or incidents. The elections were normal and democratic”, said to IBNA the vice chairman of SEC, Subhi Jakupi.
As far as the holding of the electoral process is concerned, the preliminary evaluations of OSCE/ODIHR, which has monitored yesterday’s process, are expected to be released today. /ibna/
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