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SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia's political parties agreed on Wednesday to hold an early parliamentary election on Dec. 11 in a step to resolve the 18-month-long crisis over a wiretapping scandal.

Under European Union and NATO pressure, parliament in May cancelled an election set for June 5 in the face of criticism that a threatened opposition boycott would call the vote's legitimacy into question.

Party chiefs told reporters that the agreement on a December election in the small Balkan republic was reached after a six-hour meeting on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Kole Casule; writing by Ivana Sekularac; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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