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North Macedonia's new president clears legislation backlog

May. 21, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's new president has cleared a backlog of legislation adopted by parliament that his predecessor had refused to sign into law because of a dispute with the center-left government. The office of Stevo Pendarovski, whose candidacy was backed by the governing...

Pendarovski sworn in as new North Macedonia president

May. 12, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Stevo Pendarovski has been sworn in as the new president of North Macedonia, promising he will serve all citizens in a deeply divided society and will lobby European Union leaders to approve the start of his country's accession talks in June. The 56-year-old was sworn in...

The Latest: Pope hears from married Eastern rite priest

May. 7, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local): 6 p.m. An Eastern rite Catholic priest has told Pope Francis during a visit to North Macedonia that he is a better priest because he is married and has a family. The Rev. Goce Kostov, a member of the...

Macedonia's president-elect to focus on EU accession drive

May. 6, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's president-elect says his first task in coming weeks after assuming his post will be to lobby European Union leaders in Brussels to approve the start of his country's accession talks in June. Stevo Pendarovski, backed by North Macedonia's center-left...

Government's candidate wins North Macedonia runoff

May. 5, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Stevo Pendarovski, the presidential candidate backed by North Macedonia's center-left government, won the presidency Sunday in a runoff election with a conservative rival. State election commission chief Oliver Derkorski announced late Sunday that with nearly 99 percent of...

A look at the 2 candidates for North Macedonia's presidency

May. 4, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Newly renamed North Macedonia heads to the polls on Sunday for runoff presidential elections. Two candidates, both university professors, are competing for the post after the third candidate was knocked in last month's first round. Although the president has a largely...

Turnout, ethnic Albanian vote key in North Macedonian polls

May. 3, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Voters in newly renamed North Macedonia will choose the country's new president Sunday in tightly contested polls that could see the ethnic Albanian minority playing a major role. Although the president has a largely ceremonial position, with some powers to veto legislation,...

Runoff likely to have opposing views of Macedonia's new name

Apr. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A presidential election in North Macedonia that gave voters another chance to express an opinion on their country's new name will go to a runoff after turnout in the first round of voting Sunday was too low for a candidate to win outright, election officials said. The May 5...

3 candidates vie for North Macedonia presidency

Apr. 20, 2019 3:26 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Three candidates are vying for the presidency in North Macedonia, where voters go to the polls on Sunday for the first round of elections. The post is largely ceremonial, but the election is seen as a key test of the government following deep polarization after the country...

Name change at heart of North Macedonia election

Apr. 19, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The first round of presidential elections in North Macedonia on Sunday is seen as a key test for the center-left government's survival in a society deeply divided by the country's name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece. The name change from just...