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Political Parties in the Balkans

March 29, 2012

Source: SETimes, 28.03.2012

There are 87 political parties in Serbia — up from 29 since the Law on Political Parties was passed three years ago, when there were 600 political parties. The law raised the number of signatures needed to register a party from 100 to 10,000

“The parties which are now in the parliament or are on the election list have the support of at least 10,000 citizens. It means people trust them,” Milan Markovic, minister of human and minority rights, public administration and local government, told SETimes.

In contrast, BiH has 190 political parties, Croatia has 116 and Bulgaria has 177 parties. Macedonia and Greece have 53 and 50, respectively, while Turkey, the region’s most populous country, has 27.

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