Elections in North Macedonia
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North Macedonia elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. The president is elected for a five-year term by the people. The Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia (Sobranie) has 120-123 members, elected for a four-year term, by proportional representation. North Macedonia has a multi-party system, with numerous parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments.
Presidential elections were held in May, 2019.
The Parliamentary election took place on 27 April 2014. The incumbent ruling party, Christian-democratic nationalist party VMRO-DPMNE, got 42.98% of the votes and won 61 of the 123 seats in the Sobranie. The Social Democratic Union, SDSM, won 25.34% of the votes and 34 seats, and the DUI, which is the largest Albanian party, won 13.71% of the votes and 19 seats.
On 21 April, the first round of the presidential elections resulted in the incumbent president Gordana Siljanovska Dafkova receiving 42% of the votes. She did not receive the support of 50% of all registered voters, and so a second round was held together with the parliamentary elections on 5 May. In this round, Stevo Pendarovski won 42.84% of the votes and the main contestant for the post, Gordana Siljanovska Dafkova, won 42.24%.
Following Macedonian independence in 1991, politics in the country are split along ethnic lines with Albanians voting for Albanian parties and Macedonians voting for Macedonian parties. In this context elections have come to reflect the censuses. Ethnic groups in the country view a change in the demographic composition of an administrative unit of government as resulting in a change of a mayor's ethnic affiliation that would implement the choices and priorities of their community.
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- Macedonia Elections - Full Data
- Adam Carr's Election Archive
- Parties and elections
- ODIHR reports on the elections in North Macedonia
- CIVIL - Center for Freedom, human rights organization and elections observers
- MOST, elections watchdog
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