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Macedonia conservatives headed to slim electoral victory

  • Supporters of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, celebrate claiming victory on a general election, in front of the party headquarters in Skopje, Macedonia, early Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Nearly complete results in Macedonia's national election gave the conservative coalition a slim lead over its left-wing rival early Monday, though no bloc appeared headed to winning a parliamentary majority on its own. (AP Photo/Dragan Perkovski)

    Supporters of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, celebrate claiming victory on a general election, in front of the party headquarters in Skopje, Macedonia, early Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Nearly complete results in Macedonia's national election gave the conservative coalition a slim lead over its left-wing rival early Monday, though no bloc appeared headed to winning a parliamentary majority on its own. (AP Photo/Dragan Perkovski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nikola Gruevski, leader of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, greets his supporters claiming victory on a general election, at the party headquarters in Skopje, Macedonia, early Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Nearly complete results in Macedonia's national election gave the conservative coalition a slim lead over its left-wing rival early Monday, though no bloc appeared headed to winning a parliamentary majority on its own. (AP Photo/Dragan Perkovski)

    Nikola Gruevski, leader of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, greets his supporters claiming victory on a general election, at the party headquarters in Skopje, Macedonia, early Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Nearly complete results in Macedonia's national election gave the conservative coalition a slim lead over its left-wing rival early Monday, though no bloc appeared headed to winning a parliamentary majority on its own. (AP Photo/Dragan Perkovski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of the opposition SDSM celebrate claiming victory on a general election in Skopje, Macedonia, late Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Macedonians voted Sunday in a general election called two years early as part of a Western-brokered agreement to end a paralyzing political crisis, and the governing conservatives held a slim lead in early returns. Supporters of both parties were in the streets claiming victory. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    Supporters of the opposition SDSM celebrate claiming victory on a general election in Skopje, Macedonia, late Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Macedonians voted Sunday in a general election called two years early as part of a Western-brokered agreement to end a paralyzing political crisis, and the governing conservatives held a slim lead in early returns. Supporters of both parties were in the streets claiming victory. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)  (The Associated Press)

Near complete results in Macedonia's early general elections show the country's conservative coalition in a slim victory over its Social Democratic rivals, but with neither party winning enough parliamentary seats to form a government.

The election was called as part of a Western-brokered deal to defuse a deep two-year political crisis sparked by a massive wiretapping scandal.

Monday results from 99.7 percent of polling stations show the conservative coalition led by former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE with 38.06 percent of the vote, slightly ahead of the leftist coalition, headed by opposition leader Zoran Zaev's Social Democrats, which garnered 36.69 percent.

The electoral commission gave no seat projections.

Without a majority in the 123-seat parliament, the winner will have to seek to form a governing coalition with a smaller party.