Political parties representing eight ethnic
minorities held talks on 16 May about seeking equal representation in the
parliament slated to be elected on 15 September, "Utrinski vesnik"
reported. They demand that 18 out of a total of 120 seats be assigned to
the smaller ethnic minorities. They say that representatives of the Serbs,
Turks, Roma, Vlachs, Muslims, and Egyptians should be elected according
to a proportional system, without any minimum vote requirement. According
to the plan, the remaining 102 seats would be distributed on a proportional
basis among the ethnic Macedonian and Albanian political parties receiving
more than 2 percent of the vote. The minority leaders, who are said to
represent some 350,000 (out of approximately 2 million) Macedonian citizens,
warned that they will boycott the vote if their demands are not met. UB
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