G17 Plus

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G17 Plus
Г17 плус
Leader Miroljub Labus (2002-2006)
Mlađan Dinkić (2006-2013)
Founded December 15, 2002 (2002-12-15)
Dissolved April 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)
Merged into United Regions of Serbia
Ideology Liberal conservatism
Economic liberalism
Political position Centre-right
Colours Blue and Grey
Politics of Serbia
Political parties
Elections

G17 Plus (G17+), was a liberal-conservative[1] political party in Serbia that existed from 2002 until 2013 when it merged into the United Regions of Serbia (URS).

Founded as a non-governmental organization dealing with economic issues, in 2002 it transformed into a political party that became part of several ruling coalition governments in Serbia throughout the 2000s and early 2010s.

Foundation[edit]

G17 Plus was founded in 1997 as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Serbia, then a federal unit within FR Yugoslavia. The organization consisting of economic experts enjoyed financial support of the United States through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).[2] It was registered as a political party on 15 December 2002, with Miroljub Labus as its first president.

At its first electoral showing at the 2003 parliamentary elections, G17 Plus received 11.5% of the popular vote and 34 seats in the National Assembly.

In March 2004, G17+ formed a coalition government with the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS), the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) and New Serbia (NS). In May 2006 Miroljub Labus resigned as party leader and was replaced by Mlađan Dinkić. On October 1, 2006, the party quit the governing coalition over its failure to find and extradite ICTY fugitive Ratko Mladić.

In the 2007 elections, the party received 6.82% of the popular vote and 19 seats in the parliament.

G17+ received a single seat in the Community Assembly of Kosovo and Metohija.[3]

In 2010, G17 Plus founded the United Regions of Serbia (URS), a coalition of political parties and groups emphasizing decentralization and regional development of Serbia.[4] After a few years of functioning as the centerpiece part of the coalition, in April 2013 G17 Plus fully merged into URS, transforming it into a political party.

Presidents of the G17 Plus (2002–2013)[edit]

# President Born-Died Term start Term end
1 Miroljub Labus Miroljub Labus2.jpg 1947– 15 December 2002 16 May 2006
2 Mlađan Dinkić Mlađan Dinkić 2006.jpg 1964– 16 May 2006 21 April 2013

Electoral results[edit]

National Assembly of Serbia
Election # of votes  % of vote # of seats +/- Notes Government
2003 438,422 11.46%
31 / 250
Increase 31 Coalition with SDP government
2007 275,041 6.82%
19 / 250
Decrease 12 government
2008 1,590,200 38.42%
24 / 250
Increase 5 Coalition ZES government

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elisabeth Bakke (2010). Central and East European party systems since 1989. Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989 (Cambridge University Press). pp. 78, 80. ISBN 978-1-139-48750-4. 
  2. ^ "Hearing of the Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe". National Endowment for Democracy. 1998-12-10. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Kosovo Serbs convene parliament; Pristina, international authorities object". Southeast European Times. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  4. ^ Osnovani Ujedinjeni regioni Srbije (in Serbian)

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