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Both sides in FYROM election claim victory

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By Euronews
Both sides in FYROM election claim victory

<p>Macedonia’s parliamentary election appears virtually tied with both sides in the former Yugoslavian Republic claiming victory.</p> <p>The governing conservative coalition (<span class="caps">VMRO</span>-<span class="caps">DPMNE</span>) is thought to be slightly ahead but the gap is by just over one percentage point. Still their leader Nikola Gruevski thinks its enough.</p> <p>“With this result <span class="caps">VMRO</span>-<span class="caps">DMPNE</span> is the winner of this election in Macedonia,” the veteran nationalist leader told supporters.</p> <p>Meanwhile the opposition led by the Social Democrats (<span class="caps">SDSM</span>) are having none of it. They believe they have scored more than the conservatives in the bigger cities giving them a one seat advantage in parliament.</p> <p>“Respected citizens celebrate. Enjoy life as the regime has fallen,” said leader Zoran Zaev.</p> <p>The snap election has come after Nikola Gruevski stepped down in January from his post as prime minister following an EU-brokered deal to stop the political crisis surrounding a corruption scandal. </p> <p>Zaev accused the government of wiretapping tens of thousands of citizens and released recordings of supposed wrongdoings. Gruevski and the <span class="caps">VMRO</span>-<span class="caps">DPMNE</span> party have denied any culpability in the affair.</p> <p>Whoever does go on to form the next government they will have to seek a coalition partner among parties representing ethnic Albanians, who account for one-third of the population.</p> <p>A final result is expected around midday on Monday (Dec 12)</p>