Liberal Democratic Party (Republic of Macedonia)

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Liberal Democratic Party
Leader Andrej Žernovski
Founded April 1997
Headquarters Skopje
Ideology Liberalism,[1]
International affiliation Liberal International
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours Blue, Yellow
Website
www.ldp.org.mk
Politics of the Republic of Macedonia
Political parties
Elections

The Liberal Democratic Party (Macedonian: Либерално-демократска Партија, Liberalno-demokratska Partija) is a liberal[1] political party in the Republic of Macedonia. The Liberal Democratic Party was launched in April 1997 as a merger between the Liberal Party and the Democratic Party. The first leader of the party was Petar Goshev from the Democrats, who was also the last president of the League of Communists of Macedonia. When the Liberal Party was re-established in 1999, a significant portion of the former Liberal Party remained in LDP.

Since 1994 the LDP is a member of Liberal International. The party is also an affiliate member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party.[2] The party's president from 2006 until 2011 was Jovan Manasievski. In 2011, Andrej Žernovski was elected the new leader of the party.

At the legislative elections, 15 September 2002, the party won 12 out of 120 seats as part of the Together for Macedonia alliance, led by the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia and the Liberal Democratic Party. After the 2002 elections it participated in the government together with the SDSM and the Democratic Union for Integration.

After the 2006 parliamentary elections, the Liberal Democratic Party did not remain in government.

The party participated at the Macedonian presidential election, 2009 without entering in coalition with any of the larger parties. The candidate for presidency in the election was Nano Ruzin who garnered 40,042 votes which equaled 4,06% of the popular vote on the first turn of the elections.

In the 2011 parliamentary election, the Liberal Democratic Party lost all 4 of its seats, receiving 1.48% of the popular vote.[3]

The party is currently an opposition party, part of the coalition "Alliance for the future" alongside SDSM, VMRO-NP, NSDP, United for Macedonia and Dignity.

Following the 2013 local elections candidate for mayor Andrej Žernovski successfully defeated the then mayor of the Centar Municipality Vladimir Todorovik taking a landslide victory in an election that lasted 3 electoral turns. The opposition led by SDSM criticized the government and accused the government of bringing voters illegally from Pustec a city in Albania. Further video material and strange names on the electoral lists revealed the information to be accurate. Nevertheless, the candidate of the opposition declared electoral victory following a very complicated and questionable election in the municipality. No answers were given by the current government at power in Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE has refuted any accusations as false. [4] [5]

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