Coalition “We Can” wins North Macedonia’s early elections: official results

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SKOPJE, July 25 (Xinhua) — State Election Commission (SEC) in North Macedonia announced here on Saturday that the coalition “We Can” between the ruling Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and the Besa Movement won the early parliamentary elections held on July 15.

According to SEC, the coalition led by SDSM’s leader Zoran Zaev and Besa Movement’s leader Bilal Kasami has won 35.89 percent of votes with 46 seats in the parliament.

The coalition led by leader of the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickoski has garnered 34.57 percent of votes with 44 seats.

The Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) won 11.48 percent of votes with 15 seats, whereas the Alliance for Albanians and Alternativa got 8.95 percent of votes with 12 seats. The Levica party and the Albanian Democratic Party (DPA) won respectively two seats and one seat.

According to SEC President Oliver Derkoski, the SDSM-led coalition “We Can” won 327,329 votes, VMRO-DPMNE, 315,344 votes, DUI party, 104,699 votes, the Alliance for Albanians and Alternativa, 81,827 votes, Levica party won 37,426 votes and DPA 13,930 votes.

According to Derkoski, the elections were well administered considering the special circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, calling the elections a “challenge” for everyone.

No irregularities were reported during the three days of voting, as confirmed by the Interior Ministry, Derkoski added.

Following the certification of the results, the president of the country is to hand over the mandate to the party that has the majority in the Assembly.

So far, talks have not officially begun on forming a majority of at least 61 seats out of a total of 120 in the Assembly of North Macedonia.

The winning party SDSM has announced that in the next government there will be room for all progressive and pro-European forces, aiming for a broad coalition and a stable government.

The next government of North Macedonia is expected to set as a priority the access negotiations with the European Union (EU) that are expected to start this year.

North Macedonia’s parties reached an agreement for an April 12 snap parliamentary elections after the country’s bid for accession negotiation with the EU was denied in October last year.

The country has had a caretaker government since Zaev’s resignation as prime minister in January. North Macedonia’s lawmakers in February voted to dissolve the parliament, paving the way for early elections set for April 12, which, however, were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Enditem

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