BELGRADE (Sputnik) - Stevo Pendarovski, the joint candidate of North Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats and 30 other parties, is leading the presidential run-off, State Election Commission chief Oliver Derkoski said.
"46.64 percent or 816,600 people voted. Candidate Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova received 363,900 votes, while Stevo Pendarovski received 423,000 or 51.83 percent," he said.
The presidential election, which took place on Sunday, was the country's first vote after a deal between Athens and Skopje on the name change came into force, opening the door to Macedonia’s membership of the European Union and NATO. Yet, many Macedonians — including outgoing President Gjorge Ivanov, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office, — spoke against the name deal.
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