North Macedonia: Nationalist opposition sweeps elections, setting rocky path for EU accession

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“North Macedonia appeared to be on a collision course with its EU neighbours Greece and Bulgaria, as the nationalist opposition swept parliamentary and presidential elections on Wednesday. The country’s right-wing VMRO-DPMNE party earned an easy victory, with the ruling Social Democrats (SDSM) conceding defeat before any official results were announced. Fireworks echoed through the capital Skopje as news of the landslide victory spread. … The state election commission later reported that VMRO-DPMNE won at least 59 seats in the 120-seat parliament, with roughly 92 percent of votes counted. The SDSM won just 19 seats, with the rest divided among a slew of smaller parties.” (05/09/24)