Thousands march through the capital Skopje to express anger at what they say is government bartering of national identity and heritage in exchange for EU membership.
Center-right opposition VMRO-DPMNE-led demonstrations deny Emmanuel Macron’s proposal, accusing it of undermining Macedonian identity.
'I take responsibility for the defeat in the local elections,' says Zoran Zaev.
It is the Balkan country's first parliamentary election since it added "North" to its name early last year, ending a decades-old dispute with Greece.
The government said the eight-day state of emergency that came into force immediately will allow authorities to make the necessary preparations to ensure public health is protected during the campaign and voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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