The social democratic bloc, led by former Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, narrowly won Wednesday’s parliamentary elections in Northern Macedonia and reached 46 MPs, two more than the opposition bloc, and can rule with the support of the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), the largest party represents the Albanian community, as reported by the local news agency MIA.
With 3,421 votes out of 3,480 electoral colleges, the block led by Zaev (SDSM) won 324,084 votes, 36.12 percent of the total, compared to 34.85 percent of the opposition block, led by the conservative party VMRO DPMNE who has received 312,745 supports.
With these results, Zaev’s block reached 46 MPs, the opposition bloc retained 44, and the third most common force, the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), which represents the Albanian community, consists of fifteen MPs. With the support of the DUI, Zaev is guaranteed an absolute majority and 61 of the 120 seats that make up the parliament are added.
Fourth was the Alliance for the Albanians and the alternative with twelve MPs, followed by the Levica Party with two and the Democratic Party for the Albanians with one MP. The other nine formations and coalitions that took part in Wednesday’s elections have not received parliamentary representation.