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Macedonia crisis deepens as president blocks wiretap probe

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has blocked all judicial proceedings against top politicians embroiled in a wire-tapping scandalMacedonia was mired in fresh turmoil Wednesday after the president blocked judicial proceedings against top politicians embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal, sending protesters back onto the streets in a crisis that threatens the country’s EU aspirations. The United States and European Union both voiced “serious concerns” about the move by President Gjorge Ivanov, which drew hundreds of demonstrators onto the streets of Skopje for two consecutive nights. In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Ivanov said he was bringing the legal proceedings to a halt “in order to put an end to this political crisis” ahead of elections planned for June.

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