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Section 3. Freedom to Participate in the Political Process

The constitution and law provide citizens the ability to choose their government in free and fair periodic elections based on universal and equal suffrage, held by secret ballot and based on universal and equal suffrage.

Elections and Political Participation

Recent Elections: In September 2015 the country held parliamentary elections that observers considered free and fair. As a result of the elections, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras formed a governing coalition consisting of the SYRIZA and ANEL parties.

Political Parties and Political Participation: An unknown number of Roma may not be registered to vote.

Participation of Women and Minorities: No laws or cultural practices prevent women from participating in political life. Women made up 18 percent of parliament’s 300 members. There were four members of the officially recognized Muslim minority of Thrace in parliament. There were no minority members in the cabinet.

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The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future