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Tuesday, November 3, 1998 Published at 21:33 GMT

World: Europe

Macedonia: opposition declared election victors

Official results from Sunday's run-off election in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia have confirmed the centre-right opposition coalition as the winner, but without an outright parliamentary majority.

The coalition had earlier indicated it would invite support from ethnic-Albanian parties -- which also did well in the elections.

The opposition alliance of an ethnic Macedonian nationalist party and the newly-founded Democratic Alternative won fifty-eight of the one-hundred-and-twenty parliamentary seats.

The outgoing Social Democrats won twenty-nine.

Voting will be repeated in two districts because of irregularities.

Correspondents say the coalition shares the outgoing government's desire for good relations with both NATO and Yugoslavia.

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