EU won't congratulate VMRO-DPMNE on Election Win, to await forming of Government
Monday, 26 December 2016

The European Commission (EC) won't congratulate the winning party in Macedonia's early parliamentary elections, but it will do so after a new government is formed and a premier is elected, according to an EC spokesperson.

"Please have in mind that congratulations are traditionally sent when a government and a premier is elected," said the spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic, media reports from Brussels.

On Sunday, a re-run of the December 11 parliamentary elections was held at a polling station in a village in northwestern Macedonia. 

Rerun results show that VMRO-DPMNE has won 454,577 votes and 51 seats in the 120-member parliament to 436,981 votes and 49 seats for SDSM.

In a joint statement a day after the December 11 elections, EC foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said the early polls were a key element of the 2015 Przino Agreement.

"They offer the country a crucial opportunity to renew a democratic, constructive dialogue to overcome the long-lasting political crisis and unite behind a common objective of Euro-Atlantic integration. Political parties need to act in an inclusive manner involving an active parliamentary opposition and a vibrant civil society. We look forward to a swift formation of the new parliament and of the new government and to the implementation of reforms to address systemic rule of law issues, also through the Urgent Reform Priorities. Government and opposition need to continue implementing previous political agreements in full, including supporting the work of the Special Prosecutorís Office," read the statement adding "the European Union will continue to support the country in its reform process, with a view to its European integration path."


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