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North of Macedonia: run-off election for the presidency

When the presidential race, it is in the North of Macedonia in two weeks to a runoff. There, the social Democrat, Pendarovski and the candidate of the Opposition, Davkova meet each other.

In the case of the presidential election in the North of Macedonia there has been no winner. Since none of the candidates could unite 50 percent of the votes, a runoff election on may 5. May be required.

close race, the two favorites

Stevo Pendarovski, who went for the ruling social Democrats into the race, and the party, from the nationalist opposition party VMRO-DPMNE supported Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova delivered a head-to-head race.

According to a counting of 80 percent of the votes, Pendarovski was 42.6 percent, just ahead of Siljanovska-Davkova, with 42 percent. The third candidate, the two Albanian parties Blerim Reka, in support of 11.3 percent of the votes accounted for. The previous President, the one with the VMRO-DPMNE related Djordje Ivanov was not allowed to compete after two terms of office.

The turnout in the election Commission with 41 percent. The question can play in the runoff election in two weeks, a crucial role. This is, in fact, required to have a participation of 40 per cent, so that the choice is valid.

The social Democrat Stevo Pendarovski is situated in the elections just ahead.

Just behind him, the party Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova.

the name dispute in the centre of the dial

The election is considered Test for the government of the social Democrats, Zoran Zaev, after the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was renamed in February in the North of Macedonia. Siljanovska-Davkova had criticized during the election campaign, the renaming of sharp, but at the same time, the underlying international agreement to respect. Pendarovski, in turn, had announced that the North of Macedonia's path towards EU and NATO Integration.

The head of state in Northern Macedonia, however, only one Protocol function. With the renaming of the country in the name dispute with Greece was resolved. Athens had passed since the independence of Macedonia 27 years ago to the fact that the Northern neighbor to change its name because a Region in the North is Greece as well.

As an EU and NATO member, had blocked Greece, with its Veto, any approximation of Macedonia to the Western alliances. In the meantime, the accession to the North of Macedonia has been initiated to NATO.

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