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Macedonia closes campaigning before second round of local polls


Macedonia's political parties and candidates for mayors closed their electoral campaigning on Friday for the second round of the local elections scheduled on Oct. 29.

The election campaign ends Friday while on Saturday Macedonia will mark electoral silence.

The first round of local elections was held on Oct. 15 where the Social Democratic Union (SDSM) majority claimed victory in most of the local units.

According to Macedonia's election authority, in the first round of voting, the ruling SDSM -- chaired by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev -- won 46 communes and the city of Skopje, the biggest administrative units in the country.

Meanwhile, the largest opposition party VMRO-DPMNE chaired by former PM Nikola Gruevski only won three communes while ethnic Albanian party DUI won one commune.

This means that 34 other communes in the country will hold a runoff on Sunday. Macedonia has 84 communes and the municipality of Skopje.

Macedonia's election body informed Friday that 833,710 voters will be entitled to cast their vote Sunday.

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