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.
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.
According to the latest results, the ruling Social Democrat party's favoured candidate Stevo Pendarovski got 42.85 percent of the votes while his right-wing rival Gordana Siljanovska Davkova 42.24 percent.
Voters in North Macedonia had another chance to give an opinion on their country's new name as they cast ballots in a presidential election. Three university professors were vying for the largely ceremonial presidency.
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