Macedonia conservatives headed to slim electoral victory

AP News
Posted: Dec 12, 2016 6:29 AM
Macedonia conservatives headed to slim electoral victory

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Near complete results in Macedonia's early general elections show the country's conservative coalition in a slim victory over its Social Democratic rivals, but with neither party winning enough parliamentary seats to form a government.

The election was called as part of a Western-brokered deal to defuse a deep two-year political crisis sparked by a massive wiretapping scandal.

Monday results from 99.7 percent of polling stations show the conservative coalition led by former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE with 38.06 percent of the vote, slightly ahead of the leftist coalition, headed by opposition leader Zoran Zaev's Social Democrats, which garnered 36.69 percent.

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The electoral commission gave no seat projections.

Without a majority in the 123-seat parliament, the winner will have to seek to form a governing coalition with a smaller party.