Macedonian PM agrees to step down ahead of snap elections

After marathon talks that concluded early Wednesday morning, embattled Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has agreed to step down at least three months prior to snap elections that are now scheduled to take place on April 26, 2016, Bulgarian publication Focus News reports. A new prosecutor will also take over in September and will reportedly investigate the allegations raised against Gruevski by the Macedonian opposition, which for several months had been leaking wiretapped conversations of the prime minister and government leaders. The wiretaps implicated Gruevski and top government officials in numerous abuses of power, ranging from spying on 20,000 Macedonians to covering up a murder. Despite the mounting pressure, Gruevski has indicated recently that he would run for the prime minister’s post again in the upcoming elections.


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