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Macedonia opposition refuses seats in parliament
Macedonia opposition refuses seats in parliament, demands new elections
Associated Press
2014-05-01 11:42 PM

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia's center-left opposition says it will not take up the seats it has won in parliament after refusing to recognize the results of last weekend's general election.

The Social Democrats suffered their fourth straight election defeat to rival conservatives and said Thursday they would not take up their 34 seats in the 123-member parliament. The decision by the party's executive will be put to a vote at a party congress later this month.

The opposition claims Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's conservatives used government influence to interfere with pre-election campaigning. It is demanding a caretaker government be formed to hold new elections. Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE rejects the claims.

International monitors said the election was adequately run, but noted they had also received reports of campaign interference.

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