Participation of Youth in politics: Only 7% of MPs and 8% of Mayors are young people


Participation Youth in politics: Only 7% of MPs and 8% of Mayors are young people
CRCA Albania released Wednesday the National Study on Youth Participation in Politics and Decision-Making in Albania 2011-2015.

The Study, the first of its kind in the country, provides a full view on the true level of participation of the young in politics and to examine their actual representation in political and decision-making institutions at all levels and the positive models developed so far.

According to the findings of the study, out of 140 members of parliament in the Assembly of Albania only ten of them are young people below 35 years old, respectively 4 MPs of the Socialist Party, 4 MPs of the Democratic Party and 2 others of the Socialist Movement for Integration.

The Study also notes that out of 21 cabinet members, only three ministers are younger than 35 years old.

Looking into the data for mayors, considering the local elections of 2011, the Study observes that there is total of 76 mayors, out of which only 4 were under 35 years old. None of those elected under the age of 35 was a woman. Three mayors represented the Socialist Party and one was from the Democratic Party.

While in the 2015 local elections, we seen a minor increase of 3% of Municipalities led by young people under the age of 35, while 92% of municipalities across the country continue to be headed by people over this age.

Results of the local elections of 2015 also show that men under the age of 35 make up the majority of the 5 new mayors with only one female leading the Municipality of Prenjas. Data shows that the left wing parties have 4 young Mayors, while the right only 1 in Devoll municipality.
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