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Macedonia: Protesters decry formation of pro-Albanian govt. outside parliament02:57

Macedonia: Protesters decry formation of pro-Albanian govt. outside parliament

the Republic of North Macedonia, Skopje
May 2, 2017 at 20:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands gathered in front of the Macedonian parliament building in Skopje, Tuesday, in a protest against the election of Talat Xhaferi, of the Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) Party, as speaker of the country's parliament. The action is part of a wider movement against what protesters perceive as the growing influence of ethnic Albanians on Macedonian politics.

Amid heavy police presence, no clashes occurred in the protest ample with Macedonian flags and nationalist chants.

The rally came a week after a violent incident in the Macedonian parliament, where scores of nationalist protesters stormed the building and attacked Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) party leader Zoran Zaev.

The latest wave of protests follows a two year-long period of anti-government demonstrations, which resulted in elections in December 2016. Despite the successful conclusion of the election process, the country is still without a new government and parliament, as the parties are still struggling to form coalitions.

Macedonia: Protesters decry formation of pro-Albanian govt. outside parliament02:57
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Thousands gathered in front of the Macedonian parliament building in Skopje, Tuesday, in a protest against the election of Talat Xhaferi, of the Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) Party, as speaker of the country's parliament. The action is part of a wider movement against what protesters perceive as the growing influence of ethnic Albanians on Macedonian politics.

Amid heavy police presence, no clashes occurred in the protest ample with Macedonian flags and nationalist chants.

The rally came a week after a violent incident in the Macedonian parliament, where scores of nationalist protesters stormed the building and attacked Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) party leader Zoran Zaev.

The latest wave of protests follows a two year-long period of anti-government demonstrations, which resulted in elections in December 2016. Despite the successful conclusion of the election process, the country is still without a new government and parliament, as the parties are still struggling to form coalitions.

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