North Macedonia's pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, won a run-off presidential vote after a campaign dominated by divisions over a change to the country's name that was agreed to mollify Greece and open the way for EU and NATO membership.
Voters will elect a new president in a run-off vote dominated by deep divisions over a change in the country's name agreed with Greece that has opened the path to NATO and EU membership.
The Republic of North Macedonia is facing a constitutional crisis over the country's name change as the outgoing president Gjorge Ivanov says he will not sign documents bearing the name of North Macedonia.
Efforts to change the name of the Balkan state now enters crisis mode as voters failed to turn out in a blow for Western leaders who campaigned for a "yes" vote.
To many outsiders the dispute between Greece and Macedonia may seem petty, yet the outcome of this referendum will have a significant impact on Balkan stability.
Macedonians will also vote on joining the NATO military bloc and the European Union on September 30.
Djorge Ivanov said Macedonia's possible future membership of the EU and NATO was not sufficient excuse to sign such a "bad agreement" with Greece under which the new name of his country would become Republic of North Macedonia.
The pro-regime militants consisted of a convoy of 20 vehicles that departed from the Nubl al Zahraa region and tried to advance into Afrin region.
Ethnic Albanians make up about one-quarter of Macedonia's 2.1 million people. Relations between the country’s Macedonians - who are Orthodox Christians - and ethnic Albanians - who are mostly Muslim - have long been fraught.
President Gjorge Ivanov asks long-time opposition Social Democratic party to form a coalition government with Albanian parties, five months after an election in the troubled Balkan country.
Protesters stormed into Macedonia's parliament and assaulted the leader of the Social Democrats after his party and ethnic Albanian allies voted to elect an Albanian as parliament speaker.
Thousands of people continue their protests in the Macedonian capital after a wiretapping scandal.
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