The main Albanian party in Macedonia has won a partial parliamentary election re-vote after inter-ethnic violence two weeks ago left one person dead and 12 others injured. This time around there was no repeat of that. The Democratic Union for Integration, which led the separatist movement of 2001, and took the country to the brink of civil war, is said to have secured just over half of the vote. The rival Albanian Democrat Party is well behind on 40 per cent.
The violence at the start of the month shocked EU officials whom Macedonia is trying to impress to push its case for membership. It doesn’t change the overall result. Nikola Gruevski’s conservatives were returned to power, but with the slimmest of majorities after taking 50.4 per cent of the vote.
The Albanian party which came second used to be in the ruling coalition. It remains to be see if it will remain there.