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Macedonian presidential election set for April 13

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian parliament speaker Trajko Veljanoski has set April 13 as the date for the country's presidential election.

It would be the fifth presidential election since Macedonia gained independence after the dissolution of former Yugoslavia in 1991. Even though the president is elected by direct vote the post is largely ceremonial. The executive power resides with the prime minister.

Under the country's constitution, current President Gjorge Ivanov of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party is eligible for another five-year term. None of the major political parties have announced their presidential candidate.

If not candidate gets an absolute majority in the first round of voting a runoff between the two leading candidates will take place two weeks later.

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