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Assembly of the Republic

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
11.12.2016
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
17.10.2016
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Early election
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.12.2020
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
123
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,092
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Yes
Notes
Percentage of women candidates: About 41%.
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
6

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
1,784,416
Votes Number of people who actually voted
1,191,854
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
66.79%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
No party won an outright majority in the 123-member Assembly of the Republic, which led the country to months of political uncertainty. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE-led coalition won two more seats than the coalition led by the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) of Mr. Zoran Zaev. On 9 January 2017, President Gjorge Ivanov (VMRO-DPMNE) tasked Mr. Gruevski with forming a new government. However, the VMRO-DPMNE and its coalition partner, the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), failed to secure a coalition agreement within the 20-day deadline. The Prime Minister stated that early elections would be the only way to solve the political stalemate and initially rejected the SDSM leader Zaev's request to form a new government, on the basis that, in accordance with Article 90 of the Constitution, the mandate to form a new government can only be given to a party or coalition that has secured a majority in the parliament. 
 
 On 27 April 2017, Mr. Talat Xhaferi from the opposition DUI was elected as the new Speaker, thereby becoming the country's first ethnic Albanian to assume the post. Demonstrators subsequently stormed parliament. Over 100 people, including SDSM leader Zaev, were injured during the violence. The European Union (EU) and the United States condemned the violence. On 17 May, President Ivanov gave Mr. Zaev the mandate to form a government. The proposed coalition government comprising the SDSM, the DUI and the Alliance of Albanians, was approved by the Assembly of the Republic on 31 May, triggering the first powershift since 2006 when Mr. Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE assumed power.
 
 The early elections in 2016 followed a two-year long political turmoil in the country. In February 2015, SDSM leader Zaev started releasing a stream of recordings, accusing the government of wiretapping 20,000 people, including politicians, journalists and religious leaders. The leaked recordings reportedly revealed corruption at the highest levels of government. That triggered street protests, demanding the resignation of the Government. Prime Minister Gruevski rejected the allegations. In July, the major parties signed the Przino Agreement, brokered by the EU, which set out a roadmap for ending the crisis, including early elections by April 2016. These ended up being held in December further to additional mediation of the EU and the United States, and the agreement known as Przino 2 was reached between major parties in May. 
 
 During the election campaigning, the major parties focused on economic reforms, anti-corruption measures and promised more investment in infrastructure. On 18 November, the Special Prosecutor's Office announced it was investigating 10 current and former members of the secret service for taking part in the illegal wiretapping of nearly 6,000 citizens between 2008 and 2015.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
6
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
100%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
41.46%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Yes
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
SDSM-led coalition, Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), Alliance of Albanians
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
VMRO-DPMNE-led coalition 51
SDSM-led coalition 49
Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) 10
BESA Movement 5
Alliance of Albanians 3
Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) 2
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
82
Number of women elected
38
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
30.89%
Other notes
Number of seats at stake: 123, including 3 seats reserved for Macedonians abroad. No candidates surpassed the required threshold to win these seats. 
 
 Number of parties in government: 3 (including two coalitions)
Sources
Assembly (28.12.2016, 01.06.2017, 02.11.2017) State Election Commission OSCE, International Election Observation Mission International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in the Republic of Macedonia Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis”, The Republic of Macedonia’s 2016 Parliamentary Elections Handbook
Women Directly Elected
38

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
82
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
38
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
63
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
30.12.2016
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Talat Xhaferi (Male)
Political party
Democratic Union for Integration (DUI)
Date of election
27.04.2017