Macedonian lawmakers debate no-confidence motion

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Associated Press

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's Parliament is debating a no-confidence motion brought by the main opposition party against the conservative-led coalition government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

The social-democratic Alliance for Macedonia accuses Gruevski of stoking tensions with the country's ethnic Albanian minority.

Gruevski's main coalition partner is a party led by a former ethnic Albanian rebel leader. The relations between the parties have recently soured, after the country's defense minister, an ethnic Albanian, paid tribute to rebels killed during the 2001 insurrection.

Gruevski's party responded by presenting a draft law to give pensions to former government soldiers who fought in the six-month ethnic conflict — but not for ethnic Albanian rebel veterans.

The vote is expected by midnight Friday.

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