Party for Democratic Prosperity
The Party for Democratic Prosperity or PDP (Macedonian: Партија за демократски просперитет, ПДП) is an ethnic Albanian political party in the Republic of Macedonia. The party was formed in April 1990 and is currently led by Abdyladi Vejseli.
From 1992 to 1998 the PDP was part of the coalition governments led by the SDSM. After the split of the radical wing from the party in February 1994, PDP was generally considered to be moderate party that could cooperate with Macedonian parties, although sometimes frictions between the PDP and the other government parties arose as a consequence of the ethnic questions. For example, the party leadership criticized the 1991 Census for allegedly underreporting the percentage of the population that was Albanian from 40% to only 21%. Also, the PDP deputies voted against adopting the constitution due to its lack of protection for minorities. The former PDP Secretary Emini explained, "The Albanians, regarding Macedonia to be their country, as well, expected and struggled to ensure through the constitution their natural and legal right to be equally constitutive people in Macedonia, i.e., in their own state."
From the 1998 elections onwards PDP is in opposition and since then the support for the PDP has eroded considerably. At the 2002 legislative elections, the party won 2.3% of the popular vote and 2 out of