SKOPJE, Macedonia – Eleven political parties and coalitions in Macedonia are holding final rallies ahead of general elections called to defuse a nearly two-year political crisis sparked by a wiretapping scandal.
Former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's center-right VMRO-DPMNE-led coalition will hold two rallies Friday night in the central towns of Prilep and Krusevo, while their main political rivals, a leftist coalition led by the Social Democrats will hold a rally in the capital.
The early election was part of a Western-brokered agreement to end the crisis, which emerged when the opposition accused the conservative government of an illegal wiretapping operation that targeted 20,000 people.
Nearly 1.8 million registered voters are eligible to choose 123 lawmakers for the single-chamber parliament in Sunday's vote. Three parliamentary seats are reserved for Macedonians living outside the country.