Democratic Union for Integration

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Democratic Union for Integration
Демократска унија за интеграција
Bashkimi Demokratik për Integrim
Leader Ali Ahmeti
Founded 2001
Ideology Social conservatism
Albanian interests
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centre-right
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
Colours Blue
Macedonian Parliament
10 / 120
Mayors
14 / 81
Website
http://www.bdi.mk

The Democratic Union for Integration (Albanian: Bashkimi Demokratik për Integrim, BDI; Macedonian: Демократска унија за интеграција, ДУИDemokratska unija za integracija, DUI) is the largest Albanian political party in the Republic of Macedonia, and the third largest political party in all of Macedonia. It was formed immediately after the country's 2001 conflict between the National Liberation Army (NLA) and the Macedonian Security Forces. The NLA leader Ali Ahmeti became party president.

At the legislative elections on 15 September 2002, the party won 11.9% of the popular vote (70%[citation needed] of the Albanian vote) and 16 of 120 seats.

From 2002 to 2006 it was part of the ruling coalition along with the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and the Liberal Democratic Party.

In the 2006 legislative election, the party formed coalition with Party for Democratic Prosperity and Democratic League of Bosniaks. This coalition received 12,2% of the vote and 18 seats. Although DUI won the largest number of seats among ethnic Albanian parties (14), since their Macedonian governmental partners lost the election, it was not invited by the new Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to participate in the new government. Its place was taken by the second largest Albanian political party, the Democratic Party of the Albanians.

However, after the 2008 legislative early election, the party returned to government in coalition with VMRO-DPMNE.

In the 2011 parliamentary election, DUI received 10.2% of the total vote, winning 15 seats, a loss of the 3 seats from the previous election.[1]

Election results[edit]

Parliament[edit]

Year Vote Vote % Seats Place Govt?
2002 144,913 12.1 16 3rd yes
2006 114,301 12.2 13 3rd no
2008 126,522 12.8 18 3rd yes
2011 115,092 10.2 15 3rd yes
2014 153,646 14.2 19 3rd yes
2016 86,796 7.5 10 3rd yes

Controversy[edit]

Party symbol[edit]

The party's flag and symbol show the first letter of every word of the party name in Albanian (BDI), topped by seven stars.

Skopje Fortress incident[edit]

After the foundations of a 13th-century church were found by a governmentally funded excavation within the Skopje Fortress complex, the Cultural Heritage Protection Office actioned a project to restore it in the form of a church museum. The DUI requested the Macedonian Government to halt construction in early 2011, which was ignored. Two weeks later, just under a hundred DUI supporters converged on the site on 11 February 2011, among them three high-ranking ethnic Albanian ministers, and some damaged part of the scaffolding.[2]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Conservative Leader Claims 3rd Term In Macedonia". NPR. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "100 DUI Activists Try to Bring Down Church at Kale Fortress". Macedonian International News Agency. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011.