Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Jun 2, 2008

Macedonia PM wins election

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski speaks to journalists prior to his departure to Romania, to the NATO enlargement summit to be held in Bucharest on April 2 to 4, from the airport Alexander the Great, near Macedonia’s capital Skopje, on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Macedonia, Croatia and Albania are hoping to secure invitations to join NATO in Bucharest, but Greece insists that it will block Macedonia’s entry into NATO

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Macedonia PM wins election

Jun 2, 2008 10:51 AM

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has claimed victory in the parliamentary election, a vote marred by alleged fraud and shootings that could cloud the country’s European Union ambitions.

The violence, limited to ethnic Albanian areas, highlighted the rivalry between the parties vying for the vote of a 25% Albanian minority. One person was shot dead, nine were wounded and voting stopped in one town after a gun battle.

“In most parts the vote was fair and democratic, but sadly in one part there were irregularities,” Gruevski said.

“I will do everything in my power to have a re-run there so each and every MP is elected fairly.”

He said his conservative VMRO-DPMNE party was expecting to have 60 deputies in the 120-seat assembly, over a third more than it won in the last election in 2006.

The figures partly vindicate Gruevski’s controversial decision to call an election shortly after Greece blocked Macedonia’s NATO invitation in April, betting that nationalist indignation over the snub would strengthen his hand.

Athens says Macedonia must change its name, which it shares with a neighbouring Greek province, or can never enter the EU and NATO. …more

http://tvnz.co.nz

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Rakyat Macedonia mengundi tentukan kerajaan baru

SKOPJE 1 Jun – Rakyat Macedonia hari ini keluar mengundi selepas kempen pilihan raya dibayangi keganasan membabitkan ketegangan politik antara kaum, ketika negara ini berusaha menjadi anggota Kesatuan Eropah (EU) dan Pertubuhan Perjanjian Atlantik Utara (NATO).

Pilihan raya kali ini adalah yang kelima sejak memperoleh kemerdekaan dari Yugoslavia pada 1991.

Pemilihan itu dikawal oleh kira-kira 13,000 anggota polis, termasuk anggota unit tindakan cepat dan udara.

Pilihan raya ini juga dipantau oleh 6,200 pemerhati bebas termasuk 464 wakil pertubuhan antarabangsa.

Kira-kira 1.8 juta pengundi membuang undi bermula 7 pagi (3 petang waktu Malaysia) di 3,000 pusat pengundian di seluruh negara.

Perdana Menteri, Nikola Gruevski, 37, berharap parti berhaluan kanan pimpinannya, VMRO-DPMNE akan memperoleh majoriti besar, selepas berdepan dengan krisis dalaman kerajaan campuran.

KeganasanKaji selidik mendapati, VMRO-DPMNE mendahului pembangkang utama, Kesatuan Demokratik Sosial (SDU) pimpinan Radmila Sekerinska, 35, dan dua lagi parti kaum etnik Albania yang dikaitkan dengan keganasan semasa kempen.

Bagaimanapun, Gruevski sekali lagi dijangka memerlukan sokongan Parti Demokratik Albania (DPA) atau musuh utamanya, Parti Kesatuan Integrasi Demokratik (DUI) bagi membentuk kerajaan.

DPA pada pertengahan Mac lalu menarik balik sokongannya kerana mendakwa ia gagal mengiktiraf kemerdekaan Kosovo dari Serbia bulan lalu.

Tindakan DPA itu menyekat hasrat kerajaan Gruevski untuk meneruskan usaha penyatuan Macedonia dengan EU.

Macedonia telah memenangi status sebagai calon anggota EU pada 2005.

– AFP

http://www.utusan.com.my


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