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Macedonia will hold an early parliamentary election on April 27

Macedonia has formally set April 27 as the date of the country's early parliamentary election, which was forced after government coalition partners failed to agree on a presidential candidate.

The decision was signed Thursday by parliament speaker Trajko Veljanoski.

Macedonia's parliament was dissolved on Wednesday, more than a year before conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's mandate was to expire.

The early vote was pushed by the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration, a junior coalition partner that disagreed with Gruevski's choice of a candidate for the April 13 presidential election.

Gruevski endorsed the current president, Gjorge Ivanov, for re-election.