Macedonia's ex-PM readying for poll despite boycotts

Nikola Gruevski stepped down as Macedonian premier in January 2016Macedonia’s former and possible next prime minister Nikola Gruevski says his party is preparing to stand in an early election next month despite a boycott by his opponents and international disapproval. Parliament was dissolved in April as part of an EU-brokered deal to end a national political crisis and street protests, but Gruevski’s conservative VMRO-DPMNE was the only major party to register candidates for the June 5 poll. “We are in a very unpleasant situation now, the only (one) of the four big political parties which is going to the elections,” Gruevski said in English in an exclusive interview at his imposing party headquarters in downtown Skopje.

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