“According to preliminary results released tonight, the State Election Commission, candidates of SDSM won in 17 municipalities, VMRO-DPMNE in two municipalities, DUI in six municipalities, the Alliance of Albanians in three municipalities, Besa in one municipality, DPA in one municipality, and the candidate of a group of voters in one municipality. The votes haven’t been fully counted up in four of 35 municipalities in the second round of local elections.” (translated from Nova Makedonija)

“The ruling SDSM and DUI agreed that the elections were fair and democratic, and claim victory after voting in the second round of local elections. VMRO-DPMNE does not recognize the results and has set seven conditions, including early parliamentary elections. SDSM has declared victory in local elections, while VMRO-DPMNE does not recognize the results. DUI (ethnic Albanian party) issued a similar assessment as their government partner that the elections were democratic and the citizens were free to express their will. BESA (ethnic Albanian) was the opposition again, and the election atmosphere was tense. One of the ethnic Albanian parties did not recognize the result, the Alliance for Albanians. (translated from slovodnaevropa.mk)

“Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev, met with Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director of International Jewish affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Rabbi Baker welcomed the commitment of the new government to care for all communities in the country, including the Jewish community. He said that policies of Prime Minister Zaev and the government are of great significance for Jews in the region. Rabbi Baker expressed his appreciation for the initiative of Prime Zaev to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews, planned to be held next in 2018, on March 11 – the day of the deportation of Jews from Macedonia.” (translated from Makfax)