The voting process in the parliamentary elections in Northern Macedonia ended yesterday evening.
The Macedonian Social Democratic League and the Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (BDI) are leading the vote in Wednesday's early parliamentary elections, in the midst of a pandemic.
With a count of 93,96 percent of the vote, the Macedonian Social Democratic League led by Zoran Zaev won 36,13% followed by Hristijan Mickovski's VMRO DPMNE with 34,65%.
The "We Can" coalition of the party of Zoran Zaev and Bilall Kasami, from the counts that have taken place so far to the State Electoral Commission of North Macedonia, won 36% of the votes in the early parliamentary elections. VMRO-DPMNE won 34,71%, BDI 11,48%, the Albanian Alliance for the alternative with 8,65%, the left won 4,13%, the PDSH only the 1,53%, ensuring a seat in parliament only for leader Menduh Thaçi.
The electoral commission has calculated that the Coalition "We can" will have 46 deputies, VMRO-DPMNE will have 44, BDI 15 deputies, ASH and AA 12 deputies, the Left 2 deputies and PDSH 1. Based on these results, Zoran Zaev (Social Democratic League ) will win the mandate to form a new government.
In these elections, for the first time since the independence of North Macedonia in 1991, a pre-election coalition was formed between a Macedonian party and an Albanian bloc party. The Social Democratic League and the Besa movement ran together in these elections.
So, from the count so far, the Albanian parties have been able to obtain 28 seats, in addition to those guaranteed by the coalition between the Social Democratic League and Besa, for a total of 32.
“The popular will has been confirmed, we managed to win. Citizens voted for unity and solidarity, for economic patriotism, for law and order "Zaev said.
With a low margin of votes, VMRO-DPMNE nationalist Hristian Mickoski could still come to power with the support of smaller parties, who represent the Albanian minority in North Macedonia.
In the past 6 months, northern Macedonia has been led by a technical government following the resignation of Zoran Zaev, who had announced early elections after the European Union had not opened negotiations for the country.
Although the two main parties in the country support joining the European Union, Mickoski during the election campaign criticized the change in the name of the country, as a condition established by Greece for the opening of negotiations.
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