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.
The country's health minister says seven people were pronounced dead at the scene and the rest died after being taken to a hospital. He added that 30 people were also injured including six in critical condition.
A government press release says that as of Tuesday, Macedonia is officially called the Republic of North Macedonia.
Lawmakers will debate the draft name-change deal between Greece and Macedonia on Wednesday and Thursday before the vote as the country witnesses deep social division and protests over the issue.
Macedonian deputies voted to change the country's name to "the Republic of North Macedonia". Eighty-one lawmakers present voted in favour of the constitutional amendments.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said he has not yet secured support from the required two-thirds of the 120-seat parliament, or 80 lawmakers.
More than 90 percent of the country's 1.8 million voters supported the name-change in Sunday's non-binding referendum, but the opposition said the low turnout rendered the referendum "deeply unsuccessful."
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.
The proposed name change is part of an agreement reached in June by pro-Western Prime Minister Zoran Zaev with Macedonia's neighbour Greece to resolve a decades-old dispute that had prevented Macedonia from joining NATO or the EU.
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