U.S. steps up pressure on Macedonia over allegations of abuse of power

April 16, 2015 5:22 PM

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SKOPJE (Reuters) - The United States called on Macedonia on Thursday to investigate possible evidence of "abuse of power" brought to light by leaked wire-taps that the opposition says demonstrate extensive government control over judges, journalists and elections.

The call, made by a visiting State Department official, stepped up diplomatic pressure on the conservative government of Nikola Gruevski to address the content of wire-taps being released by an opposition leader, who says he was given them by a whistleblower in the intelligence service.

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