Macedonian parties agree to December 11 elections

Macedonia's four major parties agreed late Wednesday to long-delayed parliamentary elections for December 11, which would end a political crisis that has stretched for a year and a half.

The talks between leaders of the deeply divided parties were mediated by the United States and the European Union.

An interim government is to be formed Friday with participation of all four parties.

Previously scheduled elections in April and June had been postponed indefinitely.

The election agreement follows the purging of no longer valid registrations from voter rolls in a process begun in late July at the insistence of the opposition, which accused the nationalist VMRO party of manipulating 2014 elections. VMRO has ruled since 2006.

Last update: Thu, 01/09/2016 - 01:23
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