“Macedonia’s government has survived a no-confidence motion initiated by the conservative opposition, which accused it of mishandling relations with neighboring countries while failing to control corruption or halt economic stagnation.

In a vote just before midnight in Skopje on April 11, all 62 lawmakers from the left-led governing coalition in the 120-seat parliament rejected the motion while 40 opposition lawmakers backed it.

The conservative VMRO-DPMNE party claimed that the 11-month-old government led by Social Democrats has used the country’s institutions and judiciary to its own benefit.

The nationalist opposition party also objected to government moves to improve relations with neighboring Greece and Bulgaria as part of an effort to speed up Macedonia’s bid to join the European Union and NATO.” (RFE/RL)