Serbian Progressive Party
|Serbian Progressive Party|
|Српска напредна странка
Srpska napredna stranka
|Deputy president||Jorgovanka Tabaković|
|Founded||October 21, 2008|
|Split from||Serbian Radical Party|
|Headquarters||Palmira Toljatija 5, Belgrade|
|European affiliation||European People's Party
|Assembly of Vojvodina|
|City Assembly of Belgrade|
|Politics of Serbia
The Serbian Progressive Party was formed by a group of 21 former Serbian Radical Party (SRS) MPs led by Tomislav Nikolić. Disenchanted with the direction of the party, the pro-EU members left and formed the Forward Serbia parliamentary group. The SNS was founded and held its first congress meeting on 21 October 2008.
Of the Serbian Radical Party's representatives elected in the Serbian parliamentary election, 2008, 21 moved to the Serbian Progressive Party, while 56 remained in the SRS.
In the Serbian parliamentary election, 2012, the party led the Let's Get Serbia Moving coalition and gained 55 seats out of 73 won by the coalition in the National Assembly. Party leader Tomislav Nikolić defeated Boris Tadić of the Democratic Party in the second round of the 2012 presidential election.
Following his election as President of Serbia, Nikolić stepped down as leader of the party on 24 May 2012, leaving deputy president Aleksandar Vučić in charge until a successor was elected. Vučić was the only candidate who ran for party leadership, and was elected on 29 September 2012, with Jorgovanka Tabaković as his deputy.
The Serbian Progressive Party maintains special cooperation with the Freedom Party of Austria and United Russia. On 24 April 2013 the SNS' representatives in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe joined the Group of the European People's Party.
Presidents of the Serbian Progressive Party (2008–Present)
|#||President||Born-Died||Term start||Term end|
|1||Tomislav Nikolić||1952–||21 October 2008||24 May 2012|
|2||Aleksandar Vučić[nb 1]||1970–||29 September 2012||Incumbent|
|Year||Popular vote||% of popular vote||Overall seats won||Seat change||Notes||Government|
|2008||1,219,436||29.46%||21||Split from SRS||opposition|
|Election year||Candidate||1st round votes||%||2nd round votes||%|
Major positions held by Serbian Progressive Party members:
|President of Serbia||Years|
|President of the National Assembly of Serbia||Years|
|Prime Minister of Serbia||Years|
|Mayor of Belgrade||Years|
*Non-partisan but SNS nominated
- Acting party leader until 29 September 2012
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- "Agreement for cooperation between SNS and United Russia". SNS website. September 2011.
- "SNS becomes member of European People's Party". B92. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
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