Social Democratic Party of Montenegro
|Social Democratic Party of Montenegro
Socijaldemokratska stranka Crne Gore
Социјалдемократска странка Црне Горе
|International affiliation||Socialist International|
|European affiliation||Party of European Socialists|
Although SDP has a support of approximately 6% of Montenegrin electorate, it has nevertheless managed to play a notable part on the republic's political scene during the last decade. The party's prominence stems from its close relations with the most powerful party in Montenegro - DPS and its leader Milo Đukanović. Allying itself with DPS and Đukanović ahead of the 1998 parliamentary elections allowed SDP to get into the parliament for the very first time in its history - something it wasn't able to do by itself in three previous tries. Ever since the 1998 election, SDP continued to be a part of every Đukanović-led pre-election coalition (three more elections since then) and as a result SDP has also been a part of every Montenegrin government.
On 14 July 1991 reformists from four coastal municipalities of SR Montenegro, Herceg-Novi, Kotor, Tivat and Budva, who were subsequently joined by reformists from Cetinje, formed the first regional Montenegrin political party - the Alliance of Reformists of the Montenegrin Coastline with Miodrag Marović as President. On 7 July 1992 the League united with Žarko Rakčević's Party of Socialists desiring to create a major Montenegrin party, forming the Social Democratic Party of Reformists of Montenegro. Finally, on 12 June 1993 the Independent Organization of Communists of Bar, the Alliance of Reform forces of Yugoslavia for Montenegro and the Party of National Tolerance merged into it, forming the Social Democratic Party of Montenegro and uniting the forces that opposed then's reigning policies in the Yugoslav wars. Finally, over the years the Yugoslavian People's Party and the old Yugoslavian People's Party joined into SDP CG.
When the policies of the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro turned towards the goal of full independence for Montenegro the DPS and SDP started working closely together to achieve this goal. They eventually succeeded, with independence movement achieving victory on a referendum held on May 21, 2006. Current president of SDP and speaker of Montenegrin Parliament, Ranko Krivokapić, had the honor to officially proclaim independence of Montenegro on June 3, 2006.