June 5, 2011, midnight
Prime Minister Nikola GRUEVSKI’s ruling VMRO party on Sunday was reelected in Macedonia's early parliamentary elections. The VMRO-led coalition captured 39 percent of the votes, compared to 33 percent for the opposition Social Democrats. VMRO’s performance was enough to win 55 seats in the 123-seat assembly, which is less than the 63 seats they previously held. GRUEVSKI, who will enter his third term in office, called early elections after the opposition boycotted parliament to protest the arrest of a pro-opposition television station’s boss. Election officials placed the turnout at 64 percent of the country’s 1.8 million registered voters.