Liberal Democratic Party (Republic of Macedonia)
|Liberal Democratic Party
|International affiliation||Liberal International|
|European affiliation||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party|
The Liberal Democratic Party (Macedonian: Либерално-демократска Партија, Liberalno-demokratska Partija) is a liberal political party in 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 LDP was Petar Goshev from the Democrats, who was also the last president of the League of Communists of Macedonia. When the former Liberal Party was reestablished 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. The party's president from 2006-2011 was Jovan Manasijevski. Since 2011, the current party leader is Andrej Zernovski.
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 (DUI).
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.
The party is currently an opposition party, part of the coalition "Sojuz za Idnina" alongside SDSM, VMRO-NP, NSDP, Obedineti za Makedonija and Dostoinstvo.
- Liberal Democratic Party Official site