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Macedonia's fugitive ex-PM says granted asylum in Hungary

Nov. 20, 2018 5:47 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Macedonia's fugitive former prime minister said Tuesday he has been granted political asylum in Hungary, a week after he fled his country to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence for a corruption conviction. Nikola Gruevski, prime minister from 2006 to 2016, is considered a close...

Fugitive Macedonian ex-PM 'passed through' Montenegro

Nov. 16, 2018 3:12 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A former prime minister who fled Macedonia while facing prison for a corruption conviction entered Montenegro from Albania on Sunday but left the same day, Montenegro's police said Friday. Nikola Gruevski passed through Montenegro on Nov. 11, when he wasn't the subject of...

Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary

Nov. 14, 2018 10:51 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled his country to avoid a two-year prison term for corruption, has requested asylum in Hungary, the Hungarian government said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev called on Hungary to extradite Gruevski,...

Macedonia to seek arrest in Hungary of former prime minister

Nov. 13, 2018 1:49 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia will seek the arrest with an international warrant of conservative former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after confirming he fled to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence for corruption, authorities said Tuesday. The Interior Ministry responded nearly five...

Macedonian police issue arrest warrant for former PM

Nov. 12, 2018 4:39 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian police sought the country's former prime minister late Monday, looking to arrest him to begin serving a two-year prison term following his conviction on corruption-related charges. Interior Ministry spokesman Toni Angelovski told The Associated Press that police issued a...

Macedonian parliament to debate constitutional amendments

Nov. 2, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has submitted draft constitutional amendments to parliament that would formally rename the country "North Macedonia" under a deal with neighboring Greece. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Friday the debate on the proposed changes is expected to take a month....

Macedonia lawmakers green light process for name change

Oct. 19, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in Macedonia on Friday backed a landmark proposal to amend the constitution, allowing the country to change its name and join NATO. The session was delayed for more than 10 hours amid a heated confrontation. Parliament eventually voted in favor of the proposal — a...

Macedonian lawmakers debate putting new name in constitution

Oct. 15, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament started Monday to debate constitutional amendments that are part of an agreement with neighboring Greece to rename the country "North Macedonia," changes that would go a long way to ensuring the country can join NATO. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's left-led...