SKOPJE, Macedonia, July 6 (UPI) -- A coalition of conservative parties has won Macedonia's parliamentary elections, replacing the ruling social democrats.
Macedonia Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski of the center-left Social Democratic Union conceded the election result Wednesday night and congratulated Nikola Gruevski, leader of the opposition Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity.
Gruevski said, "As of (Thursday), we need to set in motion the proceedings on forming a new government of all citizens which will focus on raising the standard of living," Macedonia's MakfaxOnline reported.
Gruevski said his government's efforts will be aimed at more quickly moving Macedonia to membership in the European Union.
Preliminary results on the Wednesday elections showed Gruevski's party won 55 seats in the 120-seat parliament.
The ruling coalition of Buckovski won 32 seats. Two ethnic-Albanian parties won a total of 24 seats, while a New Social Democratic Party won nine seats.
This was Macedonia's fifth election since the country of 2 million people seceded from the Yugoslav federation in 1991.