MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, clashes broke out inside and outside the Macedonian parliament building, after Talat Xhaferi, an ethnic Albanian, was elected speaker of the parliament. The protesters forced their way into the building, attacking several opposition lawmakers and blocking others.
"I call on all parties in the Republic of Macedonia to respect the democratic process and to engage in dialogue. Democracy and the democratic process are the way to resolve the crisis," Radev said, as quoted by The Sofia Globe news website.
According to media reports, the Thursday's clashes resulted in over 100 injuries and the storming was condemned by officials from several international organizations, such as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and NATO.