Government’s candidate wins North Macedonia runoff

  • Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, presidential candidate for the opposition conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, casts her ballot for the presidential election at a polling station, in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Polls opened in North Macedonia for a presidential election runoff between two top vote-getters from the first round. The two candidates, Stevo Pendarovski of the ruling Social Democrats, and Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, backed by the conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, finished in a near dead heat, with about 42% of the votes each, in the first round on April 21. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

  • Stevo Pendarovski, a presidential candidate of the ruling coalition led by the Social Democrats, talks to the media outside a polling station after voting in the presidential election in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. North Macedonia holds a presidential election runoff with key concern whether the needed 40 % turnout will be reached for the vote to be valid. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — Stevo Pendarovski, the presidential candidate backed by North Macedonia’s center-left government, won the presidency Sunday in a runoff election with a conservative rival.