Macedonian prime minister agrees on early election

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's conservative prime minister has accepted a call for early parliamentary elections following pressure from a key coalition partner that had insisted on a joint candidate in the forthcoming presidential election.

Nikola Gruevski made the announcement Saturday, following meetings with senior officials in his VMRO-DPMNE party. His four-year mandate was due to expire in June 2015. The partner, the ethnic Albanian DUI party, made a formal motion for an early election immediately afterward.

After failure to agree on a joint candidate for the April 13 presidential election, DUI had threatened a boycott. The parliamentary speaker will dissolve the assembly by March 5, at the latest, and set a date for a poll, to be held most likely on April 27, coinciding with the second round of the presidential election.

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