Macedonian president escapes impeachment over wiretap scandal

June 21, 2016 4:03 PM

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Macedonian president escapes impeachment over wiretap scandal

SKOPJE The Macedonian parliament on Tuesday rejected a motion to impeach President Gjorge Ivanov over his decision to pardon 56 officials involved in a wiretap scandal that triggered a year-long political crisis.

The biggest opposition party, the Social Democrats, filed the motion after Ivanov pardoned officials who had been investigated over wiretaps alleging ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski and his close allies authorized eavesdropping on more than 20,000 people.

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