Liberal Democratic Party (Serbia)

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For the older party, see Liberal Democratic Party (Serbia 1989).
Либерално-демократска партија
Liberalno-demokratska partija
Leader Čedomir Jovanović
Founded November 5, 2005 (2005-11-05)
Split from Democratic Party (DS)
Headquarters Simina 41,
Belgrade
Membership  (2012) 90,000 [1]
Ideology Liberalism[2]
Political position Centre
International affiliation Liberal International
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
Colours Purple
National Assembly
0 / 250
Assembly of Vojvodina
1 / 120
Website
www.ldp.rs
Politics of Serbia
Political parties
Elections

The Liberal Democratic Party (Serbian: Liberalno-demokratska partija, LDP) is a liberal[2] political party in Serbia.

History[edit]

The Liberal Democratic Party was founded on 5 November 2005 by former members of the Democratic Party, lead by Čedomir Jovanović, who were expelled in a party purge in 2004. Jovanović had become critical of the new direction of the Democratic Party and its newly elected president, Boris Tadić. The LDP gained its first seat in parliament after Đorđe Đukić defected from the Democratic Party. Members of the foundation board were: Nenad Prokić, Nikola Samardžić, Branislav Lečić and Đorđe Đukić.

The LDP has a long standing relationship with the Social Democratic Union and League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina.

The LDP is one of the few political parties in Serbia to actively support Serbia's membership into NATO and Kosovo-Albanian independence from Serbia. The LDP is also highly supportive of LGBT rights in Serbia.[3]

Electoral performance[edit]

The LDP's first electoral performance was during the 2007 Serbian parliamentary election, the LDP ran in a coalition together with the Civic Alliance of Serbia, the Social Democratic Union and the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina which collectively received 5.31% of the popular vote. The Civic Alliance would later merged into the LDP the same year.

The next election followed a year later, with the LDP receiving only 5.24% of the popular vote, its worst performance to date.

The Liberal Democratic Party most recently competed in the 2012 Serbian parliamentary election as part of the U-Turn coalition. The coalition received 6.53% of the popular vote.[4]

Presidents of the Liberal Democratic Party (2005–Present)[edit]

Election billboard with image of party leader, Čedomir Jovanović - Vojvodina provincial election, 2012
# President Born-Died Term start Term end
1 Čedomir Jovanović Čedomir Jovanović 2008.jpg 1971– 5 November 2005 Incumbent

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Year Popular vote  % of popular vote Overall seats won Seat change Notes Government
2007 214,262 5.31%
7 / 250
Increase 7 Coalition Civic opposition
2008 216,902 5.24%
11 / 250
Increase 4 Coalition with DHSS-SDU opposition
2012 255,546 6.53%
12 / 250
Increase 1 Coalition U-Turn opposition
2014 120,879 3.36%
0 / 250
Decrease 13 Coalition with SDU opposition

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