Ruling party, opposition both claim victory in Macedonia polls

Macedonia's former prime minister and leader of the ruling VMRO DPMNE Nikola Gruevski arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in Skopje during a general election on December 11, 2016“VMRO-DPMNE is the winner of this election,” Nikola Gruevski, party leader and prime minister since 2006, told supporters at the party’s headquarters. “We are the winners!” Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev told a cheering crowd of supporters in front of the government building in central Skopje. With votes counted at 96 percent of polling stations the VMRO-DPMNE had a narrow lead of less than 1.5 percent of votes.

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