Macedonia ruling VMRO-DPMNE claims election victory

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Posted: Jun 05, 2011 4:59 PM

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia's ruling VMRO-DPMNE conservative party on Sunday claimed the victory in early parliamentary elections but would likely have to seek coalition partners to form a stable government.

"This press conference is dedicated to announce the victory of VMRO-DPMNE. Nikola Gruevski remains the prime minister of Macedonia," Zlatko Gorcev, a member of the party's executive committee told reporters.

Analysts say the VMRO-DPMNE would likely seek a coalition partner in the party emerging as the winner of the votes of the ethnic Albanian minority, which make up one third of two million population.

(Reporting by Kole Casule; Writing by Maja Zuvela; Editing by Jon Hemming)