Voting halted in Macedonia ethnic Albanian area

SKOPJE (Reuters) – Voting in Macedonia’s parliamentary election was halted for security reasons in an ethnic Albanian area in the north of the country, the electoral commission said on Sunday.

It did not elaborate. Police were not available to comment on reports of shooting in the town of Aracinovo. The state news agency MIA reported scuffles and one ethnic Albanian party said there was shooting in an Albanian area of the capital Skopje.

The election is seen as a test of the country’s political maturity after campaign violence raised fears its slow progress toward European Union membership could be further delayed.

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