Serbian Progressive Party

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For the historical party, see Serbian Progressive Party (historical).
Serbian Progressive Party
Српска напредна странка
Srpska napredna stranka
President PM Aleksandar Vučić
Deputy president Jorgovanka Tabaković
Founder Tomislav Nikolić
Founded October 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)
Split from Serbian Radical Party
Headquarters Palmira Toljatija 5, Belgrade
Membership  (2012) Increase 300,000[1]
Ideology Populism[2]
National conservatism[3]
Pro-Europeanism[4]
Political position Centre-right[3]
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
Colours Blue, Red
National Assembly
131 / 250
Assembly of Vojvodina
23 / 120
City Assembly of Belgrade
63 / 110
Website
www.sns.org.rs
Politics of Serbia
Political parties
Elections

The Serbian Progressive Party (Serbian: Српска напредна странка, CHC / Srpska napredna stranka, SNS) is a centre-right, conservative political party in Serbia.

History[edit]

Tomislav Nikolić and Aleksandar Vučić at the SNS founding convention on 21 October 2008.

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[4] left and formed the Forward Serbia parliamentary group. The SNS was founded and held its first congress meeting on 21 October 2008.[5]

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 2011, the SNS formed a pre-election coalition with New Serbia, the Strength of Serbia Movement and the Movement of Socialists to participate in the 2012 election.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] Vučić was the only candidate who ran for party leadership, and was elected on 29 September 2012, with Jorgovanka Tabaković as his deputy.[9]

In December 2012, the People's Party led by ex-Mayor of Novi Sad Maja Gojković, merged into the SNS.[10]

The Serbian Progressive Party maintains special cooperation with the Freedom Party of Austria[11] and United Russia.[12] 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.[13]

Presidents of the Serbian Progressive Party (2008–Present)[edit]

# President Born-Died Term start Term end
1 Tomislav Nikolić Tomislav Nikolić 2012.jpg 1952– 21 October 2008 24 May 2012
2 Aleksandar Vučić[nb 1] Aleksandar Vučić crop.jpg 1970– 24 May 2012 Incumbent

Electoral performance[edit]

Party billboard - 2012 Serbian elections
Party billboard with image of party leader, Tomislav Nikolić - 2012 Serbian elections

Parliamentary elections[edit]

National Assembly of Serbia
Year Popular vote  % of popular vote Overall seats won Seat change Notes Government
2012 940,659 24.05%
55 / 250
Increase 55 Coalition PS government
2014 1,736,920 48.35%
131 / 250
Increase 76 In coalition government
  • Split from SRS few months after the Elections 2008. SRS remain with 57 seats while SNS got 21 seat.

Presidential elections[edit]

President of Serbia
Election year Candidate 1st round votes  % 2nd round votes  %
2012 Tomislav Nikolić 979,216 25.05% 1,552,063 49.54%

Positions held[edit]

Major positions held by Serbian Progressive Party members:

President of Serbia Years
Tomislav Nikolić 2012–
President of the National Assembly of Serbia Years
Nebojša Stefanović 2012–2014
Maja Gojković 2014–
Prime Minister of Serbia Years
Aleksandar Vučić 2014–
Mayor of Belgrade Years
Siniša Mali* 2014–

*Non-partisan but SNS nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Acting party leader until 29 September 2012
Footnotes
  1. ^ "Partijsku knjižicu ima više od milion građana" (in Serbian). Blic Online. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.cepolicy.org/news/post-election-serbia-good-news-eu
  3. ^ a b http://www.europeanforum.net/country/serbia
  4. ^ a b "Poll: Progressive Party is pro-EU, but its voters are not". B92. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nikolić party to be called "Serb Progressive"". B92. September 24, 2008. 
  6. ^ http://pressonline.rs/sr/vesti/vesti_dana/story/199240/Predsedni%C5%A1tvo+NS%3A+Nikoli%C4%87+nosilac+liste+SNS-NS-PSS-PS.html
  7. ^ "Tomislav Nikolić wins in presidential runoff". B92. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Serbia's new president quits as party leader". B92. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Progressives elect new leader, deputy leader". B92. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Maja Gojković: Narodna partija kolektivno prešla u SNS" (in Serbian). Blic. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Marcus Schneider (July 2011). "Tomislav Nikolic positioniert sich in Europa - Bündnis mit Österreichs Rechtspopulisten" (PDF) (in German). Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. 
  12. ^ "Agreement for cooperation between SNS and United Russia". SNS website. September 2011. 
  13. ^ "SNS becomes member of European People's Party". B92. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 

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