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Prime Minister Nicola Gruevski, who inaugurated the monument Friday, has called "Porta Macedonia" — the arch’s official name — a symbol of triumph for a nation that won its independence 21 years ago.

But opposition social democrats have assailed the €4.4 million ($5.6 million) arch, part of a €200 million construction project of monuments and neoclassical buildings in the Macedonian capital, as a waste of money in a nation that is one of Europe’s poorest, with unemployment at 32 percent.

Sculptor Valentina Stevanovska created both the 21-meter (69-foot) -high arch and the Alexander the Great monument.

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