Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia
November 30, 2021
The Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (mkd. Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia; abbreviated SDSM) is one of the largest political parties in Northern Macedonia. It was founded on April 20, 1991 and represents the successor of the League of Communists of Macedonia (mkd. Union of Communists of Macedonia). SDSM is a full member of the Socialist International, and an associate member of the Party of European Socialists. The first president of SDSM was Branko Crvenkovski. He led the party from its founding until 2004. After his election as president of Northern Macedonia, Vlado Buckovski became president of the SDSM, and Radmila Sekerinska has been at the helm of the party since November 2006. Today, the president of the SDSM is Zoran Zaev, since Radmila Sekerinska resigned after the 2008 elections. Factions seceded from this party twice and new parties were formed. The first secession was in 1993, when Petar Goshev seceded, founding the Democratic Party. The second secession was in November 2005, when Tito Petkovski seceded and founded the New Social Democratic Party. Election results The SDSM led the government from 1992 to 1998 and from 2002 to 2006. In the 2002 parliamentary elections, the SDSM won 43 of the 120 seats in the Parliament of Northern Macedonia (Parliament), as part of the For Macedonia Together coalition. The Liberal Democratic Party was also in the coalition. After the elections, the coalition formed the government together with the Albanian party Democratic Union for Integration (mkd. Democratic Union for Integration). In the 2006 parliamentary elections, SDSM, along with other parties in the For Macedonia coalition, won 23.31% of the vote and 32 seats. Since then, he has been an opposition party in the Assembly.