‘Our ticket to Europe’: North Macedonia elects pro-western president

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Stevo Pendarovski wins vote focused on changing country’s name change, consolidating push towards EU and Nato membership

North Macedonia’s pro-western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, won a run-off presidential vote after a campaign dominated by divisions over a change to the country’s name that was agreed to mollify Greece and open the way for EU and Nato membership.

The State Election Commission results based on 99.5% the votes counted showed 51.7% of the votes going to Pendarovski, who is the candidate of the ruling coalition and a long-serving senior civil servant and academic.

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