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Newsline: US embassy in Macedonia denies any election interference

The U.S. Embassy in Skopje is rejecting allegations in pro-government Macedonian media that the ambassador has met, or intervened with, electoral officials following the country’s parliamentary election. In a statement, the embassy expressed “concern” at reports that Ambassador Jess Baily was interfering with the work of the electoral commission. It said “this is not a time for fake news or conspiracies.” Sunday’s election gave former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s conservative VMRO-DPMNE party a narrow victory over the opposition Social Democrats, who are challenging the official results in an appeal to the electoral commission.



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