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Country Report Macedonia

  • Published: March 2014
  • Region: Macedonia
  • 28 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

For the first time, Macedonia's upcoming presidential election will coincide with parliamentary voting, a fact that has implications for the parties' political strategies and resource allocation, with the two campaigns set to overlap. The favourite for the presidency is the incumbent, Gjorge Ivanov, given the weakness of the Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (SDSM), the main opposition party, which is backing Mr Ivanov's main rival, Stevo Pendarovski. However, the ethnic Albanian vote could cause an upset. In the parliamentary election we expect the ruling (and relatively popular) Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) to win the largest number of seats, and to form the next government along with one of the ethnic Albanian parties. This should ensure broad policy continuity, with the pro-business agenda set to remain in place.

The first round of voting for the presidential elections will occur on April 13th; a run-off vote on April 27th will coincide with the parliamentary elections. Macedonian voters living in the diaspora will vote one day earlier in both cases. A recent poll by the Institute for Political READ MORE >

Country Report Macedonia

Government remains in strong position
SDSM remains weak
Campaigning set to focus on traditional messages

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