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Macedonia referendum on greater Albanian autonomy

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Macedonia referendum on greater Albanian autonomy


Macedonia is voting today in a referendum on legislation granting Albanians greater autonomy.

The government and international community are calling for a boycott of the poll warning a negative outcome could stoke ethnic tensions. The vote was brought about by Macedonia’s opposition nationalists who are against the law. A 50 percent turnout is needed for the vote to be valid. The law proposes redrawing municipal boundaries so that Albanians who make up about a quarter of the population become the majority in 16 out of 80 municipalities. The proposed law forms part of a NATO peace deal which ended five months of fighting between government forces and Albanian guerillas in 2001.
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