If turnout sinks below 40 percent on Sunday, the entire poll will be annulled [Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters]

The runoff election for a new president is under way in the newly-named North Macedonia amid deep divisions over the change in country’s name to mollify Greece and pave the way for NATO and European Union (EU) memberships.

Polls in the country opened at 7am local time (05:00 GMT) on Sunday and will close at 7pm (17:00GMT), with the first preliminary results due two hours later. 

A total of 1.8 million eligible voters will choose between the governing Social Democrats’ (SDSM) candidate Stevo Pendarovski and the opposition favourite Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova of the nationalist VMRO. Both finished in a near dead heat in the first round last month.

Their tie

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