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SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) _ Macedonia's prime minister conceded defeat for his ruling party early Monday after the troubled Balkan country's first elections since convulsing in ethnic warfare last year.

Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski confirmed that the ruling Macedonian party, known as VMRO, was ousted from the government in Sunday's parliamentary elections by the opposition Together for Macedonia coalition led by former communist Branko Crvenkovski.

``At this moment, it is fully clear that we will not be able to form a new government, and we are congratulating the winner,'' Georgievski said. ``These were the most democratic elections in the history of Macedonia.''