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June 5, 2008

Macedonia Has New Prime Minister

Another election marred by violence is over. Or just about over. A few of the polling stations in the area will have votes cast again. This is one of many elections around the world that have been controversial or violent. The theme of violent elections is reverberating around the globe.

Nikola Gruevski has claimed to be in possession of the prime minister seat in Macedonia. Violence broke out before the voting took place. Several people were injured and one person was killed by gun fire. The center-right VMRO-DPMNE party that Gruevski belongs to gained a majority in the parliament.

Macedonia is trying to gain entry into the European Union and Nato. However, the outburst of violence before the election will make it more difficult for Macedonia to be accepted into these two groups. Violence and ethnic tension between Macedonians and ethnic Albanians have been a problem for some time in the region. Concerns about the incidences of random violence involving innocent people have made Macedonia an unlikely candidate for EU and NATO admission. Gruevski made it a point to note that even though there was some violence the election was mostly peaceful.

Ethnic Albanians have two major political parties that have been at odds with one another lately. The Democratic Union for Integration is headed by Ali Ahmeti and Menduh Thaci leads the Democratic Party of Albanians. The two have been engaged in a vicious cycle of violence in their campaigning.

Seven municipalities will have to have a re-vote because of violence in their areas. Free democratic elections seem to be hard to come by in some parts of the world. It is inserting to see how many countries are moved to violence during their elections. It makes those of us that live in places where free democratic elections go off without a hitch really respect the countries that we live in.

Political issues often fuel fires between groups that have different political views. Fighting of course is rarely the answer. Sometimes violence must be used to make changes in government but really, as human being we should be able to find other ways to make political changes happen. When you riot or shot others you are wasting time that could be spent on getting your point across. Even though there were shooting the election still went on and a new prime minister is in office.

The struggle to make peace between the different ethnic groups in Macedonia is not unique. There are many places in that part of Europe that are having trouble settling down the masses. Finding a comfortable balance for various ethnic groups can be nearly impossible. Part of the problem is that ethnic groups tend to think of themselves are being separate from other ethnic groups. If the universality of human kind could be fully recognized by these groups some of their divisions would fade away. Macedonia should view itself as a country full of people that happen to come from different backgrounds. Not a country of ethnic Albanians and Macedonians. As long as this is the viewpoint, the country will remain divided.

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