Gruevski Ahead in Macedonian Elections, Albanian Minority Loses Seats

Gruevski Ahead in Macedonian Elections, Albanian Minority Loses Seats
LSDM leader Zoran Zaev and VMRO leader Nikola Gruevski.

In Macedonia, the VMRO-DPMNE party of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is currently ahead in the national election results, having won 38.96% of the votes, with 98% of the votes counted. It has secured 51 seats in the Macedonian Parliament.

The opposition party LSDM of Zoran Zaev has won 36.65%, with 49 seats secured. Both Zaev and Gruevski have announced their victory.

In January, Gruevski was forced to step down after a widespread wiretapping scandal.

Albanian minority

The Albanian minority parties have won a total of 20 seats in parliament: BDI 10, Lëvizja Besa 5, Aleanca për Shqiptarët 3, and PDSh 2. Compared to the last elections, the Albanian parties have lost 7 seats.

These results stand in contrast with the Albanian minority parties in Montenegro, which managed to collaborate and thus win a position in the government.

In a press conference, Gruevski called the elections “democratic, where citizens voted and gave their thought”:

I thank especially the voters of the VMRO because from the results so far I am decisively leading over the LDSM. This is the tenth victory in a row and for the tenth time the LDSM has been punished.

Speaking about the votes of the Albanian minority, Gruevski stated:

In these elections the LDSM had the strong support from the Albanian electorate, but in the coming days we will analyze these numbers.


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