Macedonia's presidential election could not find a clear winner Sunday, extending it to a run-off between the leading two candidates on April 5.
With more than 95 percent of the ballots counted, George Ivanov of the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party won 35.06% votes and Ljubomir Frckovski of the main opposition, Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, came second with 20.45% votes.
They will face each other in the second round, the State Electoral Commission said on Monday. Macedonia's election law permits a run-off vote if 40 percent turnout is recorded.
Almost half of the around 1.8 million eligible voters in that Balkan country did not use the franchise.
Five more candidates ran for presidency.
In contrast to the country's parliamentary elections marred by violence and fraud last June, Sunday's presidential elections ended peacefully, reports said.
It was seen as key to the country's European Union aspirations.
Although it became an official candidate to join the European Union four years ago, Macedonia has not yet begun EU accession talks. Its efforts to join the NATO have been prevented by Greece over a long-drawn name dispute.
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