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N. Macedonia protesters call for early elections

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Skopje

19 June, 11:25
(ANSA-AFP) - SKOPJE, JUN 19 - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in the North Macedonian capital Skopje on Saturday calling for early legislative elections, an AFP reporter witnessed. The protest was called by the main opposition VMRO-DPMNE, a rightwing nationalist party, and the marchers waved Macedonian flags and placards denouncing the leftwing SDSM-dominated government. The VMRO-DPMNE has been calling for early elections practically since the government in 2018 settled its longruning name dispute with Greece, clearing a serious obstacle in the way of EU and NATO membership. While the VMRO-DPMNE condemned the deal, it meant an end to Athens' veto on Skopje's efforts to join the two organisations. The Prespa agreement added "North" to Macedonia's name to distinguish the Balkan state from Greece's neighbouring northern region of Macedonia. (ANSA-AFP).

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