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Macedonia not ready for ‘credible’ polls by April: EU, US ambassadors

February 21
22:26 2016

Macedonia's preparations for planned snap elections in April have not progressed enough to hold a "credible" vote by then, the US and EU ambassadors to the country said Sunday. The early parliamentary polls, slated for April 24, are part of a European Union-backed deal reached last year between the government and the opposition to end months of political turmoil in the former Yugoslav republic of about 2.1 million people. The main opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) party has already threatened to boycott the elections, complaining that the conditions are not in place for them to be free and fair.

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