The Democratic Party of Albanians
Published 17th May, 2011
The Democratic Party of Albanians or DPA is one of several parties representing ethnic Albanians living in Macedonia. It finds its roots in the Party for Democratic Prosperity (PDP) when a group of young radicals who felt that the party wasn’t fighting hard enough for Albanians broke away and merged with the People’s Democratic Party (NDP) to form the DPA in 1997.
Their first electoral success was in the 1998 elections and they sealed a deal with the VMRO-DPMNE to go into coalition. They were out of power from 2002 to 2006, but in 2006 winning eleven seats they formed a coalition once more with the VMRO-DPMNE. In the 2008 election they won elevent seats again but the VMRO-DPMNE were able to go it alone this time.
The DPA is an observer member of the International Democrat Union.