Statement from the U.S. Embassy in response to tonight’s events

We condemn the violence in Parliament in the strongest terms. It is not consistent with democracy and is not an acceptable way to resolve differences. It is critical all parties respect democratic processes and the law, and refrain from violent actions which exacerbate the situation. A majority of MPs elected Talaat Xhaferi as Speaker of Parliament during a regular, continued session of Parliament witnessed by members of the public and the press. We will work with him to support democracy and to advance the interests of Macedonia.