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B | POLITICAL FACTORS

Parties involved in the latest elections

— Political systems

Table 12: Number and type of political parties that took part in the last legislative election Country

Political parties

Armenia is a republic. The president is the head of state and is directly elected. The National Assembly is elected every five years: 50 members from single seats and 41 by a proportional representation system.

Armenia

9 parties registered to participate in the last election

Azerbaijan

11 parties (3 opposition groups withdrew their candidates before the election)

Azerbaijan has a presidential system. The president is the head of state directly elected every five years. The prime minister, cabinet-level ministers and heads of central executive bodies are appointed by the president and confirmed by the National Assembly. The National Assembly consists of 125 seats directly elected with a majoritarian system.

Belarus

8 parties (from the 15 who are registered)

Georgia

16 (15 parties and 1 bloc)

Moldova

20 parties (only 5 passed the electoral threshold)

Ukraine

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Belarus is a presidential republic with the head of state directly elected. The National Assembly consists of 110 members in the House of Representatives and 64 members in the lower house. The Council of Ministers headed by the prime minister and five deputies and others who do not need to be elected are appointed by the president. Georgia is a democratic republic. The president is directly elected. Parliament has 150 members: 77 elected by party list and 73 by a majoritarian system. Moldova is a parliamentary representative democratic republic. Parliament is the supreme body. It consists of 101 members elected by proportional representation from party lists. According to a recent decision of the Constitutional Court of Moldova45 it is expected that the president is elected directly by the citizens. The first direct elections in 16 years are expected to take place on 30 October 2016. Ukraine has a parliamentary presidential system. The president is elected directly if no candidate gets 50% of the vote in the first round, then the top two candidates go to a second round. The parliament has 450 members elected by a mixture of proportional representation by party list and single member constituencies.

— Political parties In this section the study looked at the internal party organisations for the chosen parties and, in particular, whether women are in the decision-making bodies or in organisations that influence policy, whether there are any particular measures adopted by the parties and if so whether this has led to an increase or otherwise in women candidates and elected representatives. Information was not available for all the aspects and from all countries.

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Women’s political representation in the Eastern Partnership countries

Table 13: Number and type of political parties that took part in the last local elections Country

Political parties

Armenia

Local elections are held by self-nomination; candidates do not need to report their party but most candidates belong to 5 major parties

Azerbaijan

30 parties; 74% of those elected locally have a party affiliation but only 59% are nominated by 8 political parties

Belarus

Candidates in local elections are not from political parties though some are members

Georgia

24 election subjects

Moldova

43 eligible; 21 parties and one bloc did take part and only 9 and 1 bloc got at least one elected mayor

Ukraine

142

Internal party organisation Visible leadership of women is likely to encourage more women to come forward to be involved in political parties and also to have an influence on party policies. Table 14: Women in leadership roles of party leader or deputy (maximum of 5 political parties represented in the legislative body) Country

Women in leadership role

Armenia

Head of Prosperous Armenia Party Deputy Head Rule of Law Party

Azerbaijan

No party headed by a woman First Lady is a deputy in the New Azerbaijan Party headed by the president

Belarus

None

Georgia

–– a member of the Georgian Dream Bloc and the Republican Party has a woman leader

Moldova

5 women deputy leaders out of 29

Ukraine

One party leader of the Fatherland Party

Findings of the study

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Women's Political Representation in the Eastern Partnership Countries  

Council of Europe regional study. Published 15 December 2016.

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