E: 8.65, S: -4.17
These early elections follow the government resignation after months of coalition infighting between the Christian-Democratic VMRO-DPMNE, and their Albanian coalition partners. The current parliamentary composition is as follows (percentage of votes in brackets):
Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity VMRO-DPMNE, christian-dem. 40 seats (32,5% in coalition with the SPM and the LMP)
Socialist Party of Macedonia, social-dem. (SPM) 3 seats
Liberal Party of Macedonia, liberal (LPM) 2 seats
Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, social-dem. (SDSM) 27 seats (23,3% in coalition with the LDP)
Liberal Democratic Party, liberal (LDP) 5 seats
Democratic Union for Integration (Albanian minority) (BDI) 14 seats (12,1% in coalition with the PPD)
Party for Democratic Prosperity (Albanian minority) (PPD) 3 seats
Democratic Party of the Albanians (Albanian minority) (PDSH) 11 seats (7,5%)
People's Party, national-conserv. (VMRO-NP) 6 seats (6,1%)
New Social Democratic Party, social-dem. (NSDP) 7 seats 6,0%
Democratic Renewal of Macedonia, centrist (DOM) 1 seats (1,9%)
Party for European Future, agrarian (PEI) 1 seats (1,2%)
The campaign has been marked by shootings and violence.
recent poles give the ruling party the advantage, with 31,3%, followed by the social democrats with 11,2%. Then the PDSH 9,1% and the BDI with 5,6%; these two Albanian parties are battling fiercely for the chance to enter the new government.