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Macedonia - Government and Political Conditions (Notes)


GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL CONDITIONS
The unicameral assembly (Sobranie) consists of 120 seats. Members are elected by popular vote from party lists, based on the percentage parties gain of the overall vote in each of six election districts of 20 seats each. Members of parliament have a 4-year mandate.

The Prime Minister is the head of government and is selected by the party or coalition that gains a majority of seats in parliament. The Prime Minister and other ministers must not be members of parliament.

The President represents Macedonia at home and abroad. He is the commander in chief of the armed forces of Macedonia and heads its Security Council. The President is elected by general, direct ballot and has a term of 5 years, with the right to one re-election.

General parliamentary elections were last held on July 5, 2006. Presidential elections were held April 14 and 28, 2004 to succeed President Trajkovski, who died in office in February 2004. Local elections on the basis of a new municipal division mandated by the Framework Agreement were held in March-April 2005.

The court system consists of a Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, and local and appeals courts. The State Judicial Council governs the ethical conduct of judges and recommends to parliament the election of judges. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the country and is responsible for the equal administration of laws by all courts. Its judges are appointed by parliament without time limit. The Constitutional Court is responsible for the protection of constitutional and legal rights and for resolving conflicts of power between the three branches of government. Its 9 judges are appointed by parliament with a mandate of 9 years, without the possibility of re-election. An independent Public Prosecutor is appointed by parliament with a 6-year mandate.

Principal Government Officials
President--Branko Crvenkovski
Prime Minister--Nikola Gruevski
Deputy Prime Minister (EU Integration)--Gabriela Konevska-Trajkovska
Deputy Prime Minister (Economic Affairs)--Zoran Stavreski
Deputy Prime Minister (Framework Agreement Implementation)--Imer Aliu
Deputy Prime Minister (Agriculture and Education)--Zivko Jankulovski
Foreign Minister--Antonio Milososki
Defense Minister--Lazar Elenovski
Economy Minister--Vera Rafajlovska
Finance Minister--Trajko Slaveski
Interior Minister--Gordana Jankulovska
Justice Minister--Mihajlo Manevski
Appointed Ambassador to the United States--Zoran Jolevski
Ambassador to the United Nations--Igor Dzundev

The country maintains an embassy in the United States at 2129 Wyoming Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel: (202) 667-0501; fax: (202) 667-2131). It maintains a Consulate General in Detroit: 2000 Town Center, Suite 1130, Southfield, MI 48075 (tel: (248) 354-5537; fax: (248) 354-5538).


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