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Russian Federation blames outside interference for Macedonian parliament violence

Russian Federation blames outside interference for Macedonian parliament violence

The violence started after the majority in the Macedonian parliament led by Zaev's Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) elected Talat Xhaferi as speaker after a filibuster lasting almost a month, as the conservative VMRO-DPMNE tried to stop the SDSM from forming a government.

The men attacked Zoran Zaev, the leader of the SDSM opposition party, who was later shown on TV with a bloody gash on his head.

Gruevski, whose conservative VMRO-DPMNE party won December's elections but without enough parliamentary seats to form a government, also deplored the violence, but said his political opponents had provoked it.

Demonstrators from the United Macedonia initiative, some of whom were masked, entered the building protesting the election of an ethnic Albanian Talat Xhaferi as parliamentary speaker.

Protest overwhelms Macedonian parliament
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Amid the coalition negotiations, the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, as the Balkan nation's parliament is known, has been deadlocked for three weeks over electing a new speaker.

An interior ministry statement on Friday said 102 people had been treated at city hospitals, including MPs and police officers, after Thursday night's violence.

Macedonia has been in a two-year political deadlock since a wiretapping scandal revealed corruption, election rigging and other criminal activities at the highest levels of government in 2015.

Nationalists in Macedonia are "playing with fire" in refusing to relinquish power and the European Union should consider halting its accession process in order to break a unsafe deadlock, said the former envoy who helped avert civil war in the Balkan country.

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Authorities did not immediately confirm local television reports that more than a dozen people had been hurt, including protesters and police officers.

"No one from overseas can solve the problems if we can't solve them in line with the state interests of the Republic of Macedonia", Ivanov said.

Moscow backs the position of Mr Gruevski and supporters, and claims - without offering evidence - that the West is part of a conspiracy to install a multi-ethnic government in Skopje, which would seek to carve up the Balkans to help create a "greater Albania" - a notion that alarms Slavs in Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia.

"There is no issue that can not be resolved through dialogue in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Macedonia", Ivanov said.

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Gruevski called for people to "calm down" after Thursday's incident.

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said: "Violence is unacceptable, even more so when it happens in the house of democracy". Democracy must run its course.

The diplomatic arm of the European Union - in which Macedonia is a candidate country - issued a statement condemning the violence.

The deal envisages a law allowing wider use of the Albanian language, and this has triggered daily street protests by nationalists. The party has shared power with VMRO-DPMNE between 2008 and 2016 with Xhaferi himself serving as a Minister of Defence from 2013 until 2014. "We will work with [Mr Xhaferi] to support democracy and to advance the interests of Macedonia".

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The VMRO-backed president, Gjorge Ivanov, on Friday joined the calls for calm and tried to convene a leaders meeting to discuss the crisis, but the Social Democrats boycotted the meeting, saying the president had been instrumental in the failed efforts to block the vote on the speaker going ahead.

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