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Macedonia: Opposition chief urges caretaker govt, new vote

EU commissioner for Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, center, talks for the media in presence of the leader of Macedonian opposition Social Democrats Zoran Zaev, right, Macedonian Prime Minister and leader of the VMRO-DPMNE conservative party Nikola Gruevski, second from left, the leader of the Democratic Union for Integrations Ali Ahmeti, left and the leader of the Democratic Party of the Albanians Menduh Thaci, center rear, after their meeting at the EU Ambassador’s residence in Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Macedonia should hold early elections by the end of April next year, EU commissioner Hahn said after the talks with Macedonia’s four top political leaders in Skopje on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

EU commissioner for Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, center, talks for the media in presence of the leader of Macedonian opposition Social Democrats Zoran Zaev, right, Macedonian Prime Minister and leader of the VMRO-DPMNE conservative party Nikola Gruevski, second from left, the leader of the Democratic Union for Integrations Ali Ahmeti, left and the leader of the Democratic Party of the Albanians Menduh Thaci, center rear, after their meeting at the EU Ambassador’s residence in Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Macedonia should hold early elections by the end of April next year, EU commissioner Hahn said after the talks with Macedonia’s four top political leaders in Skopje on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia’s main opposition leader has called for a caretaker government to lead the country until early elections next year, following an agreement to hold a ballot to resolve one of the country’s worst political crises since its independence in 1991.

Social-Democrat head Zoran Zaev said Monday he would not accept a new vote organized by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s conservative-led government.

Zaev and Gruevski agreed last week in European Union-mediated talks to hold a new election before May 1, 2016, to resolve a crisis stemming from a massive wiretap scandal. The details are to be hammered out in Brussels in another round of talks on June 10.

Zaev also accused Gruevski of illegally wire-tapping at least 10 non-government organizations who have been critical of his government. Gruevski denies the charge.

 

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