Macedonia: Parliament approves new cabinet

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SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament has approved the new conservative coalition cabinet of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who won his fourth consecutive victory in snap polls in April.

Gruevski kept the same ministers as the previous cabinet in key posts, including those of interior, finance and foreign affairs. The only change was at the Defense Ministry, where he appointed Zoran Jolevski, the country's negotiator in U.N. sponsored-talks over Macedonia's protracted name dispute with neighboring Greece.

The junior coalition partner, ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration, or DUI, holds nine of the 26 ministerial posts, including the ministries of justice, economy and education.

The 123-seat Parliament approved the new government with 77-6 votes. Lawmakers from Macedonia's center-left opposition did not participate after resigning their seats, claiming the general elections in April were unfair.

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