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Coalition deal reached in Macedonia


Skopje : Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and ethnic Albanian leader Ali Ahmeti agreed late Friday a coalition for the country’s new government, local media reported.

The policy-making bodies of the two parties, meeting separately in Skopje and in the Albanian hub of Tetovo 30 kilometres to the west, backed the agreement of their leaders, reports were quoted as saying by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA).

In June 1 snap parliamentary poll, Gruevski’s nationalist VMRO-DPMNE won a landslide, while Ahmeti’s Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) dominated in the Albanian minority, making up one-quarter of the 2.1 million Macedonians.