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SKOPJE, Macedonia – Macedonia's Constitutional Court has temporarily halted all activities for general elections on June 5, following a request by a party in the current governing coalition to examine whether the decision to dissolve Parliament for the vote was constitutional.
Only one party has been participating in the election campaign — the VMRO-DPMNE of former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, which currently heads the governing coalition. All others have boycotted proceedings, saying there are no conditions for free and fair elections.
The appeal to the Constitutional Court was brought by the junior coalition partner, the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration. The court on Wednesday suspended all election activity pending a decision next week.
Macedonia has been in political turmoil since February 2015 following a wiretapping scandal.