Sunday’s run-off poll was called after neither candidate received enough ballots for an outright win in the first round of voting two weeks ago. [Marko Djurica/Reuters]

Stevo Pendarovski, supported by the ruling Social Democrats (SDSM), has won the North Macedonian presidency in a run-off vote.

The 56-year-old garnered 51.66 percent of the vote on Sunday, beating nationalist VMRO’s Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova with 44.73 percent. The remaining 3.61 percent of the votes were void.

Sunday’s run-off poll was called after neither candidate received enough ballots for an outright win in the first round of voting two weeks ago.

The victory puts more wind into the sails of the ruling coalition, which expects to get a date to start EU accession talks in June and become the 30th

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