The ruling VMRO DPMNE party won half of the seats in Macedonian elections. According to initial results, the ruling VMRO DPMNE party of Nikola Gruevski won 61 of the 123 seats in parliament, and the SDSM 34. The governing ethnic Albanian party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, won 19 seats and the opposition ethnic Albanian Democratic Party of Albanians, DPA, seven. The newly-formed Citizen’s Option for Macedonia, GROM, and the National Democratic Rebirts, NDP, won one seat each. Opposition Social Democrats are to consider whether to refuse to take up their seats in parliament following their defeat in Sunday general and presidential elections, which the party blames on electoral fraud.
Macedonia’s Social Democratic Party, SDSM, is to take a decision on Tuesday on what to do next following its defeat in Sunday’s elections.
The SDSM spokesperson, Petre Silegov, told “We will soon decide whether to return the legislative seats that we won. The party executive board meets this evening and will decide all future steps”.