Macedonian poll disrupted by gunfire
www.chinaview.cn 2008-06-01 18:05:30   Print

    SKOPJE, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Gunshots were heard as Macedonians voted in a snap general election, and four people were reportedly wounded in the incident.

    The violence occurred in the town of Aracinovo, an ethnic Albanian area in the north of the country, and voting had been halted in that area.

    Macedonia's election authorities said earlier they have received reports of stolen and stuffed ballot boxes at polling stations across the country shortly after polls opened at 7:00 a.m. (0500 GMT).

    Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski called the poll after Macedonia failed to win an invitation to join NATO in early April, after opposition from Greece over a dispute about the former Yugoslav state's name.

    Athens opposes its neighbor's name of "the Republic of Macedonia," arguing it implies a territorial claim over a Greek northern province also called Macedonia.

Editor: Sun Yunlong
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