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Lesson #1.2: Overview of the Political System in Macedonia


Material for a 3-hour lesson, part of the Basic Training Program of Macedonian Police, developed by the Police Development Unit of the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje.


The previous lesson (#1.1), provided students with an overview of democratic policing principles. These core values, with democratic governing principles, are fundamentally intertwined to meet the public expectation of police performance.

This lesson builds upon those principles provided in the previous lesson, by focusing on Macedonia's government and its adherence to democratic standards. In 1990, the first multi-party elections for members of Parliament were held. These set the basis of the new political system of parliamentary democracy. Students will be provided with an overview of this means of governing and its political adaptation to Macedonia. Through familiarization with the political and legislative processes that shape the legal framework of Macedonia, students will attain a greater appreciation of their role as police officers.

The goal of this lesson is to provide students with an overview of the Political system of Macedonia. Its purpose is to reinforce current knowledge students may already have and to form the foundation for subsequent lessons on Macedonian Law and the powers of the police when enforcing those laws.

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the five (5) basic elements which identify Macedonia as a Sovereign State
  2. Describe briefly how governmental power is divided in Macedonia
  3. Identify three (3) bodies which are of special importance to police officers.