Skopje, May 5: North Macedonians are set to cast their ballots in a presidential runoff on Sunday after none of the main candidates, managed to gain the required majority in the first round of election.The first round was held on April 21.
Stevo Pendarovski, the joint candidate of North Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats and 30 other parties, secured a razor-thin lead over Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, backed by the main opposition The Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) party.
Both secured over 42 per cent of votes. Blerim Reka, a candidate supported by two small ethnic Albanian political parties, got some 10 per cent. The presidential election is the country's first vote after a deal between Athens and Skopje on the name change came into force, opening the door to Macedonia’s membership of the European Union and NATO.
Siljanovska Davkova, who is also a vocal opponent of the deal, has repeatedly said that the agreement runs against both national legislation and the UN charter and principles.(UNI)