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Violations cited in national vote

June 03, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

International monitors said serious violations marred a national election that gave Macedonia's center-right government a landslide victory.

The monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Sunday's vote failed to meet international standards and was marked by violence, intimidation and ballot box stuffing in predominantly ethnic Albanian areas.

Nikola Gruevski's center-right conservatives won 48.3% of the vote, far ahead of the Social Democrats' 23.4% and enough to give him a majority in the 120-seat parliament.

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