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Macedonians headed to the polls on Sunday to choose the country’s president from seven candidates and 84 mayors from 365 candidates, and members of the local councils. The incumbent president, Branko Crvenkovski did not run for re-election. Gjorgje Ivanov, the candidate of the strongest party in the Macedonian parliament, VMRO-DPMNE, won the first round of the elecion with 35% of the votes. The strongest opposition party, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, challenged him with Ljubomir Fr?koski who gathered 20% of the vote. The municipal elections showed similar results, VMRO-DPMNE gaining the most seats, followed by the Socail Democrats and the ethnic Albanian party.

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