The ruling party in Macedonia, the VMRO-DPMNE, seems to have won a big victory in Saturday’s election. RFE/RL reports the following results:
VMRO-DPMNE – 48 %
Social Democrats (SDSM) – 23%
BDI (Albanian) – 11%
PDSh – 10%
The election was marred by violence in some parts of the Albanian areas. There will be a revote in these areas. This vote will not alter the VMRO-DPMNE’s dominant position in the government, but it may change the balance of power between the two Albanian parties. It may also change the complexion of the coalition as the VMRO-DPMNE has been in coalition with the PDSh since 2006, yet the BDI is again likely to be the largest Albanian party and will consider that it should be the privileged partner in government.
Given the president is from the SDSM party, this vote will continue the period of cohabitation in Macedonia. The next presidential election is scheduled for 2009.