Macedonia calls snap election for December 11

After street protests on both sides, the European Union stepped in to mediate a deal that included early elections.

Macedonia calls snap election for December 11

World Bulletin / News Desk

Macedonia on Tuesday officially called for a snap parliamentary election on December 11 to try to end a seething political crisis, after the vote was delayed twice this year.

All four main parties have confirmed they will take part in the election that had been initially planned for April and rescheduled for June before being delayed again over opposition claims that conditions had not been met for a free and fair vote.

The Balkan state has been in deep crisis since February 2015, when leader of the main opposition Social Democrats Zoran Zaev began releasing tapes that appeared to reveal official and widespread wiretapping, top-level corruption and other crimes.

Political leaders had agreed in August on the December 11 date but the election was officially called on Tuesday by parliamentary speaker Trajko Veljanovski.

Macedonia has been a candidate for EU membership since 2005 but has yet to open accession talks.

Regular polls were due in 2018.

Last Mod: 18 Ekim 2016, 15:57
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