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Tags: EU | North Macedonia | Election

Turnout, Ethnic Albanian Vote Key in North Macedonian Polls

Turnout, Ethnic Albanian Vote Key in North Macedonian Polls

Friday, 03 May 2019 08:38 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Voters in newly renamed North Macedonia will choose the country's new president Sunday in tightly contested polls that could see the ethnic Albanian minority playing a major role.

Although the president has a largely ceremonial position, with some powers to veto legislation, the outcome of the vote could trigger early parliamentary elections in a deeply polarized country.

But the key concern is turnout: If less than 40% of the 1.8 million registered voters participate, the election will be invalid.

That first round saw the governing Social Democrats' candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, and the conservative VMRO-DPME's Gordana Siljanovska Davkova tied with about 41% of the vote each.

So a lot depends on how, or indeed whether, the ethnic Albanians who make up about a quarter of the 2.1 million population will vote.

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Voters in newly renamed North Macedonia will choose the country's new president Sunday in tightly contested polls that could see the ethnic Albanian minority playing a major role.Although the president has a largely ceremonial position, with some powers to veto legislation,...
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2019-38-03
Friday, 03 May 2019 08:38 AM
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