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Country Report Macedonia

  • ID: 2123793
  • April 2016
  • Region: Macedonia
  • 28 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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On April 12th the president, Gjorge Ivanov, pardoned politicians and officials facing criminal investigation. Mr Ivanov stated that he was issuing the pardons to maintain political stability in the run-up to the pre-term parliamentary election on June 5th. The list of the 56 individuals who were pardoned includes the former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, and a number of prominent politicians from the ruling coalition and the main opposition party. Mr Ivanov's sudden decision caused public outrage, leading to street protests. EU and US diplomats have come out strongly against the decision, demanding that Mr Ivanov reverse it, which critics see as unconstitutional. We believe that it is now less likely that the parliamentary election will be held on June 5th, and that, if it is held, it will be boycotted by the Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (SDSM)-the main opposition-and will be considered by opposition members and the international community as not meeting the standards to be considered free and fair.

Mr Ivanov's decision came after the Special Prosecutor's Office (SPO) started investigating high-ranking Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation-Democratic Party READ MORE >

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Country Report Macedonia

President pardons officials under criminal investigation
A wide range of pardoned individuals
Street protests continue
Condemnation from Western diplomats
Political polarisation and social unrest ahead

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