Fateful elections in Macedonia

Snap elections in Macedonia were called in hopes of putting an end to the domestic political crisis in the country. After a corruption scandal and mass protests against the government, battle lines have been drawn.

“This time we are not only deciding on a party but instead, we are choosing between regime and life,” said Zoran Zaev, the head of the largest opposition party in the Balkan nation, SDSM (Social Democratic Union of Macedonia). “That is why it is such a great responsibility.”

No less dramatic were the words of his political opponent Nikola Gruevksi, head of the ruling conservatives VMRO-DPMNE (Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity). “On December 11, we are making a decision about Macedonia’s future,” he said. “It is a decision for Macedonia that does not allow any blackmail or foreign interference.”

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