Tag: elections
Macedonia 01.07.19 | 12:14

Sela: We will not join the Government without early parliamentary elections

Alliance for Albanians leader, Zijadin Sela, says that the government’s reshuffle came down to plain cosmetics and Prime Minister Zaev’s breaking his promise aimed at motivating Albanians to vote for his candidate. In an interview with Alsat, Sela rejects speculation that he is negotiating...

News 16.06.19 | 20:44

Zaev retreats from his pledge to allow early elections

Zoran Zaev retreated from his pledge to call for early elections after the loss of the promised June date to open accession talks. After the meeting of the Central Committee of his SDSM party, he announced that there will be no early elections. We decided to continue with the process of reconstruction...

Balkans 10.06.19 | 10:01

Tsipras officially begins the procedure for the early general elections in Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will officially ask President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to call for early general elections, to be held on July 7th. Tsipras announced the elections after the major defeat his leftist SYRIZA party suffered in the European and municipal elections, where the conservative...

Balkans 26.05.19 | 23:55

Tsipras admits defeat to critic of the Prespa treaty, will allow early elections

Tsipras promises early elections in Greece An ashen faced Alexis Tsipras announced that he will be calling for early elections to be held, after his SYRIZA party was badly defeated by the conservative New Democracy party in the European and municipal elections. The move brings Kyriakos Mistotakis, an...

World 26.05.19 | 18:44

European elections turnout higher compared to 2014, results begin to trickle in

Turnout in the on-going European elections seems to be overall higher than during the 2014 elections. Especially in some large migrant cities, such as Berlin and Brussels, long lines were reported in front of the embassies of Poland, Romania and other high emigration countries. Hungary, France, Estonia...

World 26.05.19 | 12:55

Europe chooses between the status quo and a new deal

European elections are set to end today, with the results of the vote to elect the new European Parliament expected in the evening. So far, some of the surprising results have included the rise of the social-democrats in the Netherlands, as the party that was nearly wiped out in the last general elections...

World 23.05.19 | 10:26

Struggle between the right wing and the establishment as Europe votes

European elections begin today, with 751 seats in the European Parliament up for grabs. Voting takes places over three days, with 427 million people eligible to vote. Elections take place in time of political upheaval, with the establishment parties of the center right and especially the center left...

Macedonia 05.05.19 | 20:14

Ahmeti expects that the elections will push the EU to allow Macedonia to open accession talks

Ali Ahmeti, leader of the ethnic Albanian DUI party, said that the elections today are important to send a message to the international community that Macedonia is a mature society. Ahmeti, who staked his decades long domination over the ethnic Albanian political bloc in Macedonia, painted the elections...

Macedonia 05.05.19 | 19:50

Zaev hopes to receive a mandate to continue his work

According to Zoran Zaev, the successful conclusion of the presidential elections will allow Macedonia to continue with its reforms and Euro-Atlantic integration. We expect to continue with our projects, to continue the processes, to continue with the development, to continue to advance the quality of...

Macedonia 22.04.19 | 15:26

Presidential elections results bode well for VMRO in the next general elections

VMRO-DPMNE Secretary General Igor Janusev extrapolated the results from the first round of presidential elections onto a general election. According to the results, VMRO-DPMNE would win 53 seats in the Parliament, opposed to 41 for SDSM and 13 for DUI and the opposition ethnic Albanian parties BESA and...

Macedonia 21.04.19 | 13:13

Few minor incidents reported so far

Several minor incidents have been reported during the presidential elections so far. A man in Skopje’s Aerodrom district was detained by the police after he took a picture of his ballot. This is banned to discourage parties from forcing voters to photograph their ballots, as a means of proving...

Macedonia 21.04.19 | 08:25

Voting begins in Macedonia presidential elections

Voting stations open across Macedonia this morning in the first round of the presidential elections. Some 1.8 million citizens are eligible to vote and choose between three presidential candidates – Gordana Siljanovska – Davkova (VMRO-DPMNE), Stevo Pendarovski (SDSM/DUI) and Blerim Reka (AA/BESA). A...

Macedonia 20.04.19 | 21:42

SEC satisfied with the conduct of early voting in the presidential elections

Early voting in the presidential elections was conducted without issues, said State Electoral Commission spokeswoman Ljupka Gugucevska. She informed that 686 citizens voted in the Macedonian diplomatic missions in Australia, Asia and Europe – a turnout of 38.51 percent of all who registered. Voting...

Macedonia 20.04.19 | 18:31

No problems reported as mobile teams allow ill citizens to vote at home

Voting by ill and feeble citizens who requested to use the option to vote at home was conducted today without major issues reported by the State Electoral Commission. In Gevgelija, 102 people voted in their homes, in Valandovo this option was used by 38 and in Dojran by 17 people. In most instances,...

Macedonia 20.04.19 | 18:22

Several minor incidents reported ahead of the elections

Several smaller incidents were reported by the police today, ahead of the presidential elections tomorrow. Overnight, an office of a political party in the Kisela Voda municipal building had its window smashed. In three schools, in Skopje and the villages of Izbiste and Mislesevo, where voting will take...

Macedonia 20.04.19 | 11:25

Electoral silence in Macedonia ahead of Sunday’s presidential elections

As of midnight, the presidential election campaign ended in Macedonia and the campaigns of the three candidates are banned from running ads or holding public events. the period of “electoral silence” spans two days, and ends with the close of polling stations on Sunday at 19h. Besides the...

Macedonia 19.04.19 | 17:28

Zaev expects no boycott for the presidential elections, but is prepared to amend the Constitution if there is

Zoran Zaev expressed his belief that the presidential election will be successful and the required 40 percent turnout will be reached. If not, he warned that Macedonia may enter a new political crisis. He warned that if the elections fail, he may try to use his majority in Parliament to amend the Constitution...

Macedonia 15.04.19 | 10:47

VMRO-DPMNE lists examples of SDSM buying votes with public funds

With the first round of the presidential elections a week from now, the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party accused the SDSM – DUI led Government of using public funds to bribe its voters. This despite laws put in place specifically to prevent timing of regularly scheduled payments or having new public...

Macedonia 07.04.19 | 14:55

ODIHR election report ignores political persecution carried out in Macedonia

ODIHR published its inital report about the upcoming presidential elections in Macedonia. The report describes the process of candidate registration, issues with the campaign, campaign funding and the level of media freedom. According to the report, women are under-represented in public life and opposition...

Macedonia 07.04.19 | 00:07

Zaev changes his mind on holding early general elections, again

Zoran Zaev again reversed his position on holding early general elections should his candidate Stevo Pendarovski lose the presidential elections. In an interview in Bitola, Zaev said that he would win such elections, but that holding them would be “bad for the economy”. Zaev initially agreed...

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