Macedonia's conservatives win twin elections, opposition refuses to recognize result

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's ruling center-right party has won its fourth consecutive general election victory in Macedonia, but looks likely to fall just short of gaining an outright majority. The main opposition Social Democrats are refusing to recognize the result.

With 99.9 percent of votes counted Monday, the conservative VMRO-DPMNE had 42 percent and 61 seats in the 123-member parliament. The Social Democrat-led alliance had 24.9 percent and 34 seats, according to the State Election Commission.

In a separate vote Sunday, conservative President Gjorge Ivanov won a second five-year term for the largely ceremonial post, beating Social Democrat opponent Stevo Pendarovski in a runoff.

The opposition accused Gruevski of state interference in election campaigning.