The Liberal Democratic Party of Macedonia is a party with liberal orientation and represents a legal successor of two previously existing political entities – Democratic and Liberal Party whose reunion happened on 19 April 1997 in Skopje.
The subject of analysis of this political party was the election learning platform named as – “There is a way out” (²) where human rights and freedoms make part of the chapter on the rule of law and human rights, but also they are covered with the chapter on freedom and autonomy of the personality. They see the promotion of equality and protection against discrimination in line with the consistent transposition of the EU directives for non-discrimination, then amending the Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination in order to embrace in itself the standards of the EU law (specifically defined in the non-discriminatory directives and the Lisbon Treaty). The LDP specifically stated that they will be insisting on inclusion of sexual orientation as ground for discrimination in the existing law.
For the needs of this analysis their official, Ms. Nikica Korubin, member of the Executive and Central Committee of LDP answered the questionnaire submitted by the Association for Critical Approach to Gender and Sexuality Subversive Front from Skopje, where she stated the following:
Do you count on the votes of LGBTI persons and why do you think they would support your political party and would vote for you?
Answer: The concept of a political party that functions as an actor in society should be dramatically changed in Macedonia. The political party is the form through which democracy can be practiced in a society. But the main pillars are independent institutions where citizens fulfill their legal rights and obligations. Hence, the crucial change is the perception of citizens about the power of the political party, and of the political party itself the essence of existence and action. It exists for the exercise of the rights of the citizens, it exists as a transfer and medium of one's efforts and ideas, but it does not exist for power and rule, exists for professional and expert management of the state. The LDP is composed of different individuals and different concepts, a conservative and progressive understanding of politics. We as members need to understand the changes in society, the new state we are building and the importance of applying principles, standards and a system of values. Only in this way can the citizens of the LGBT community be able to trust the truthfulness of the LDP's commitments and the essential viability of their needs and rights, and not the declarative effort. The understanding of time, society and solidarity, quality and individuality, the fight for justice and true values is what is worth fighting for inside the LDP, and then for the people of the LGBT community. The outcome depends on us, how much we have understood the time in which we live.
You can download the questionnaire here.
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