Unity for Human Rights Party
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The Unity for Human Rights Party (Albanian: Partia Bashkimi për të Drejtat e Njeriut, Greek: Κόμμα Ένωσης Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων) is a centrist political party in Albania. Founded in 1992, it represents Albania's minorities and is mainly related to the Greek minority, and is the political continuation of Omonoia. The party is currently led by Vangjel Dule, who holds the party's only seat in Parliament.
The party first contested national elections in 1992, when it received 2.7% of the national vote and won two seats. The 1996 elections saw the party increase its share of the vote to 4%, winning three seats. Although the party's vote share dropped to 3.2% in the early elections in 1997, it gained an additional MP, winning four seats. However, another drop in the party's support in the 2001 elections saw it reduced to three seats. Despite again increasing its vote share to 4.1% in the 2005 elections, the party lost another MP as it was reduced to two seats. The 2009 elections saw the party reduced to just a single seat.
In the 2011 local elections the party lost all of its municipal councillors in Gjirokastër and Delvinë, the capitals of two of its main electoral areas as well as one its two municipal seats in Sarandë. In Shkodër it maintained its seat and also gained one of the seats in Korçë as well as the mayorship in nine communes.
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- Municipal seats 2011
- Municipal seats 2007