Unity for Human Rights Party

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Unity for Human Rights Party

Albanian: Partia Bashkimi për të Drejtat e Njeriut
Greek: Κόμμα Ένωσης Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων
LeaderVangjel Dule
Founded1992
HeadquartersSaranda
IdeologyGreek minority interests[1]
Social liberalism[2]
Civic nationalism[2]
Greek nationalism
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre[2]
ColoursBlue, Yellow and White
Parliament
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Municipalities
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Website
www.pbdnj.com

The Unity for Human Rights Party (Albanian: Partia Bashkimi për të Drejtat e Njeriut, Greek: Κόμμα Ένωσης Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων) is a social-liberal political party in Albania supporting the Greek minority. Founded in 1992, it represents Albania's minorities and is mainly related to the Greek minority, and is the political continuation of Omonoia. It works with Omonoia, MEGA and other Greek parties in Albania at national elections, under a Greek bloc.[3] The party is currently led by Vangjel Dule, who held the party's only seat in Parliament until 2017.[4]

History[edit]

The party first contested national elections in 1992, when it received 2.7% of the national vote and won two seats.[5] The 1996 elections saw the party increase its share of the vote to 4%, winning three seats.[5] 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 one seat.[6]

In the 2011 local elections the party lost its councillors in Gjirokastër and Delvinë and one of its two municipal seats in Sarandë,[7][8] maintained its seat Shkodër and gained one of the seats in Korçë in addition to the mayoralty in nine communes.[7][8] In the 2013 parliamentary elections it retained its single seat, running as part of the Alliance for a European Albania headed by the Socialist Party.

In the 2015 local elections the party failed to win any mayoralties, losing seats to other Greek parties such as MEGA/EEM,as well as the Socialist Party.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2017). "Albania". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  2. ^ a b c "The Albanian Electoral Systems since 1990" (PDF). Albanian Elections Observatory Brief (1). 19 April 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  3. ^ Knowlton, Marylee (2005). Albania. p. 146. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  4. ^ Official Results of the Albanian national elections of 2009 Archived December 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Central Election Committee
  5. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp139–142 ISBN 9783832956097
  6. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p2047
  7. ^ a b "Municipal seats 2011". Archived from the original on July 5, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Municipal seats 2007" (PDF).
  9. ^ [1][dead link]

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