Assembly of North Macedonia

The Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia (Macedonian: Собрание на Република Северна Македонија, Albanian: Kuvendi i Republikës së Maqedonisë së Veriut) or the Sobranie (Macedonian: Собрание, "Assembly"), is the unicameral representative body of the citizens of North Macedonia; it is North Macedonia's sole legislature. According to the Constitution, the Sobranie represents the people and is vested with legislative power. It can have between 120 and 140 MPs (currently 120), elected by proportional representation from 6 electoral districts, each contributing 20 MPs, and there are also 3 reserved seats elected from the Macedonian diaspora which are awarded only if the voter turnout was sufficient. MPs are elected for a term of four years and cannot be recalled during their term. The Sobranie is presided over by a Speaker. Its organization and functioning are regulated by the Constitution and Rules of Procedure. The Assembly's seat is in the nation's capital, Skopje.

Assembly of the Republic of
North Macedonia

Macedonian: Собрание на Република Северна Македонија
Albanian: Kuvendi i Republikës së Maqedonisë së Veriut
Type
Type
Established1991
Leadership
Talat Xhaferi, BDI
since 27 April 2017
Deputy Speakers
Goran Misovski, SDSM
Frosina Taševska-Remenski, SDSM
Vesel Memedi, NDR
Structure
Seats120
North Macedonia Parliament
Political groups
Government (68)

Opposition (39)

Other opposition (13)

Elections
Proportional representation
D'Hondt method
Last election
11 December 2016
Meeting place
The main chamber
Great hall of the Macedonian Parliament

2016 election result

Party Votes % Seats +/–
VMRO-DPMNE coalition 454,577 39.39 51 −10
Social Democratic Union coalition 436,981 37.87 49 +15
Democratic Union for Integration 86,796 7.52 10 −9
Besa Movement 57,868 5.01 5 New
Alliance for Albanians 35,121 3.04 3 New
Democratic Party of Albanians 30,964 2.68 2 −5
"VMRO for Macedonia" coalition 24,524 2.13 0 New
The Left 12,120 1.05 0 New
"CCJ–Third Block" coalition 10,028 0.87 0 New
Liberal Party 3,840 0.33 0 0
Party for Democratic Prosperity 1,143 0.10 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 37,870
Total 1,191,832 100 120 −3
Registered voters/turnout 1,784,416 66.79
Source: SEC

Speakers of the Assembly (1991–present)

Skopje - Parlamentsgebäude der Republik Mazedonien
Parliament Building in Skopje
Parties

  LPM (1)   SDSM (3)   DA (1)   LDP   VMRO–DPMNE (2)   DUI (1)

Status
Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Term of office Political Affiliation
1 Stojan Andov
(1935–)
No image 8 January 1991 6 March 1996 Liberal Party of Macedonia
2 Tito Petkovski
(1945–)
No image 6 March 1996 19 November 1998 Social Democratic Union of Macedonia
3 Savo Klimovski
(1947–)
No image 19 November 1998 30 November 2000 Democratic Alternative
(1) Stojan Andov
(1935–)
No image 30 November 2000 4 October 2002 Liberal Party of Macedonia
4 Nikola Popovski
(1962–)
No image 4 October 2002 8 November 2003 Social Democratic Union of Macedonia
Liljana Popovska
(1956–)
No image 8 November 2003 18 November 2003 Liberal Democratic Party
5 Ljupčo Jordanovski
(1953–2010)
No image 18 November 2003 2 August 2006 Social Democratic Union of Macedonia
6 Ljubiša Georgievski
(1937–)
No image 2 August 2006 21 June 2008 Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization

Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity
7 Trajko Veljanovski
(1962–)
Trajko Veljanovski 2015 21 June 2008 27 April 2017 Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization

Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity
8 Talat Xhaferi
(1962–)
New VTNG adjutant general moves Macedonia partnership forward 130912-Z-DH905-009 (cropped) 27 April 2017 Incumbent Democratic Union for Integration

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Coordinates: 45°59′34″N 21°25′58″E / 45.99278°N 21.43278°E

Andrej Žernovski

Andrej Žernovski (Macedonian: Андреј Жерновски; born 26 November 1968 in Skopje) is a Macedonian politician, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the current Deputy foreign minister of his country. He served as mayor of the Centar Municipality of Skopje between 2013 and 2017.

Branko Manoilovski

Branko Manoilovski (Albanian: Branko Manojli, Branko Manoillovski; Macedonian: Бранко Маноиловски) born in 2 August 1941, in Kičinica, Upper Reka is a Macedonian politician of Albanian Orthodox descent. In the 2016 parliamentary elections he was a candidate for the Democratic Union for Integration and was elected in Macedonian parliament. He migrated to USA early but returned to Macedonia to promote the Albanian identity among the assimilated Albanian Orthodox population.

Gordan Georgiev

Gordan Georgiev (Macedonian: Гордан Георгиев; born 8 November 1978) is a Macedonian politician currently sitting in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia for the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. He was born in Skopje and educated at Sciences Po, Paris (Political Science) and King's College London (MA European Studies, 2004).

Ilija Dimovski

Ilija Dimovski (Macedonian: Илија Димовски) (born August 10, 1980) is a Member of the Macedonian parliament representing the city Veles since 2006. Ilija Dimovski is the Spokesman of the ruling party in Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE. He is also a member of the Legislative Committee, Deputy-Member of the Committee on Defence and Security, Chairman of the Committee on the Political System and Inter-Ethnic Relations, and Chairman of the Committee on Election and Appointment Issues. Ilija Dimovski is an active writer in the daily newspaper Dnevnik.

Intelligence Agency of North Macedonia

The Intelligence Agency of Republic of North Macedonia was set up as a separate body of state administration under the Law on the Intelligence Agency adopted in April 1995.

Jagnula Kunovska

Jagnula Kunovska (Macedonian: Јагнула Куновска), (born 1943, Kastoria, Greece) is a prominent Macedonian jurist, politician and artist.

Koce Trajanovski

Koce Trajanovski (Macedonian: Коце Трајановски) is a Macedonian politician. He is a member of the oppositionary party Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization - Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity. He served as the Mayor of Skopje from 2009 to 2017. Before he was the mayor of Skopje, he was a Member of Parliament and mayor of the Gazi Baba Municipality.

He was born in 1956 in Skopje. He studied at the Technic Faculty of Skopje and graduated in 1980. In 1981, he started work at MTZ – Hepos where he was in charge of the computer management area. After that, he opened his own private computer software firm and closed that firm after 2 years of unsuccessfully managing that business. Following that, he decided that politics are more profitable. In 1998, he was elected MP from the winning party. In 2005 he was elected mayor of Gazi Baba. And in 2009 he was elected for his first mandate as mayor of Skopje. After the 2013 local elections in March he was elected for a second mandate. After the 2017 local elections held in October he was replaced by Petre Šilegov.

List of Speakers of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia

This article lists the Speakers of the Assembly of North Macedonia, from the establishment of ASNOM in 1944 to the present day.

Ljupčo Jordanovski

Ljupčo Jordanovski (Macedonian: Љупчо Јордановски, pronounced [ʎupt͡ʃɔ jɔrdanɔfski]; 13 February 1953 – 7 October 2010) was a Macedonian seismologist and politician.

Mavrovo Lake

Mavrovo Lake (Macedonian: Мавровско Езеро, translit. Mavrovsko ezero) is situated in the Mavrovo region, in the Mavrovo and Rostuša municipality of the Republic of North Macedonia, less than 100 km from Skopje. Abundant with trout, Lake Mavrovo is used for recreational activities such as swimming, boating and fishing during the summer. An additional point of interest is the half-submerged church in the lake. Spreading over an area of about 780 square kilometres (300 sq mi), the Mavrovo National Park features deep canyons, snowy peaks and blue lakes combine with dense forests that abound with diverse wildlife. Mavrovo is one of the leading tourist areas in the country along with Ohrid, Prespa, Dojran, Popova Shapka (Šar Planina), Pelister, and Kruševo. It was established in 1949 by a law passed by the National Assembly of North Macedonia. Later the legislation was changed considerably, enforcing a much stricter protection system. According to the new law, the park is divided into three zones: strict nature reserves, managed reserves, and a tourist zone.

One of the appealing features of Mavrovo National Park is its vivid topography. The relief of the park contains three Alpine mountain systems: the Šar, Korab and Bistra mountains. They are exceptionally high, the Šar and Korab, reaching heights of more than 2700 m (the Korab peak is the highest in North Macedonia with its 2,764m). These tremendous mountains are distinguished by chains of snowy, jagged peaks and broad grassy plateaus below them.

Between the three mountains extends the Radika gorge. More than 25 kilometres (16 mi) long. Vertical cliffs higher than 300 metres (980 ft) rise above the waters of the Radika river. In addition, the park area contains many other interesting natural phenomena—the highest waterfall in the Balkans (with a vertical fall of approximately 120), alpine bogs in the Šar mountains as remnants of the Ice age, rare karst relief (including beautiful caves) in the Bistra mountains, as well as numerous glacial lakes throughout the Alpine zone.

Mirvan Xhemaili

Mirvan Xhemaili (born 6 October 1974) in Kumanovo is a member of parliament in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia.

He finished his primary education in Kumanovo, and secondary education in Gjilan. Faculty of English Language and Literature has finished in Tirana. A Masters in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Southeast Europe (University). Meanwhile, he has completed his PhD at the University St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, where he won the title doctor of science of philology.

He works as a professor of English since 2003 at the State University in Tetovo and the University.

Politics of North Macedonia

Politics in North Macedonia occur within the framework of a parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Prime Minister is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. The Economist Intelligence Unit has rated North Macedonia as "hybrid regime" in 2016.

Radmila Šekerinska

Radmila Šekerinska Jankovska (Macedonian: Радмила Шекеринска Јанковска [ˈradmila ʃɛˈkɛrinska] (listen); born 10 June 1972) is the former leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and current Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Šekerinska was previously Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration and National Coordinator for Foreign Assistance of the Republic of North Macedonia and also was the acting Prime Minister of North Macedonia from May 12, 2004 until June 12, 2004 and from November 3, 2004 until December 15, 2004. She was elected November 5, 2006 the SDUM leader.Šekerinska was elected President of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia at the party Congress following a no-confidence motion against the former leader Vlado Bučkovski. She left the position after September 2008 party congress. Zoran Zaev was appointed as her successor until May 2009, when president Branko Crvenkovski's term ended.During her term as a deputy Prime Minister responsible for European Affairs, the European Council in December 2005 granted the Republic of North Macedonia a status of candidate country for accession to the European Union.

Savo Klimovski

Savo Klimovski (Macedonian Cаво Климовски; born 13 June 1947, Skopje) is a Macedonian lawyer and politician. He served as interim President of Macedonia from 19 November to 15 December 1999.

He studied Law at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, where he became a dean in 1992. From 1986 to 1991 he was Minister of Education and from 1994 to 2000 had been elected to Parliament from Democratic Alternative list. From 1998 to 2000 Klimovski served as Speaker of the Assembly. As such he was interim President in the end of 1999, when the results of presidential elections were questioned.

Stojan Andov

Stojan Andov (Macedonian: Стојан Андов (born 30 November 1935) is a Macedonian politician, a founding member of the Liberal Party of Macedonia, and a former president of Parliament, from 1993 to 1997.

Talat Xhaferi

Talat Xhaferi (Macedonian: Талат Џафери; born 15 April 1962) is a Macedonian-Albanian politician and Speaker of the Parliament of North Macedonia. He was also the former Minister of Defense.

Tito Petkovski

Tito Petkovski (Macedonian: Тито Петковски) (born 23 January 1945) is a politician of the Republic of Macedonia, and leads the New Social Democratic Party.

Trajko Veljanovski

Trajko Veljanovski was the Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia from 2008 to 2017. He was born on 2 November 1962, and graduated from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University working as a lawyer until 1999.

Zoran Zaev

Zoran Zaev (Macedonian: Зоран Заев; born 8 October 1974) is a Macedonian economist and politician who has served as the Prime Minister of North Macedonia since 31 May 2017. Prior to taking office as Prime Minister, Zaev was a member of the North Macedonian parliament between 2003 and 2005, and mayor of Strumica between 2005 and 2016. He is president of the center-left Social Democratic Union.

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