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Gjorge Ivanov, President of Macedonia, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov said on Tuesday he was pardoning everyone suspected of involvement in a wire-tap scandal that has caused a political crisis in the country.

"I have decided to put an end to this agony for Macedonia," Ivanov told reporters, announcing his decision to issue a decree halting all investigations or judicial proceedings linked to the wire-tapping scandal.

The Macedonian opposition last year released a slew of phone-taps that they said were made by allies of then Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and that it said exposed government control over journalists, judges, public sector recruitment and the manipulation of elections.

(Reporting by Kole Casule; Editing by Adrian Croft and Alison Williams)

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