Comment 13 Dec 16

Rivals’ Gains Overshadow DUI’s ‘Win’ in Macedonia

The DUI's victory in the ethnic Albanian camp in Macedonia was pyrrhic - overshadowed by the success of new parties and of the Social Democrats in wooing its traditional voters.

Sefer Tahiri
BIRN
Skopje
The DUI led by Ali Ahmeti is unlikely to be part of the scenario for the formation of a new government led by VMRO DPMNE. Photo: MIA

Where did the votes of ethnic Albanians in Macedonia go and why did they result in far fewer Albanian MPs in Macedonia’s parliament?

Mostly, it is down to the country’s electoral model and the disproportional distribution of voters in Macedonia's six electoral units.
 
In the sixth electoral unit in northwest Macedonia, where ethnic Albanians are concentrated, the number of voters is higher than the legally allowed 5-per-cent threshold, which means these votes count for less than votes in the other five units, which equally contribute 20 MPs to the 120-seat parliament.

Thus, the junior ruling party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, this time won ten MPs, the newly formed BESA movement won five, the DPA-Movement for Reforms won three while the Democratic Party of Albanians won two. The number of Albanian MPs therefore declined from 27 after the 2014 elections to only 20.

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