League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina
|Founded||14 July 1990|
|Headquarters||Trg Mladenaca 10, Novi Sad|
|European affiliation||European Free Alliance (associate)|
|Colours||Blue, Yellow, Green|
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The League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina (Serbian: Лига социјалдемократа Војводине, ЛСВ/Liga socijaldemokrata Vojvodine, LSV) is a regionalist and social-democratic political party in Serbia. The founder and current leader of the party is Nenad Čanak.
The party was founded on 14 July 1990 in Novi Sad. On the First Party Congress, the LSV adopted the party program, which defined following principles of the party: liberty, equality, justice, solidarity and publicity. On the Second Congress, which was held in July 1997, the LSV adopted a new statute.
In the first years of its existence, the party's activities were mainly directed towards organization of anti-war actions. Together with other parties, it organized anti-war demonstrations in Vojvodina and publicly opposed mobilization of Vojvodina citizens for front-lines in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The League advocates the "right of autonomous decisions about fundamental affairs of Vojvodina within Serbia", which, according to the League, was abolished after the so-called Yogurt Revolution in 1988 and after constitutional changes from 1990, which, according to the League, diminished the autonomy of Vojvodina to "protocolar minimum".
In December 1998, the League proclaimed that its political goal is establishment of the Republic of Vojvodina within a federalized Serbia. In recent years, the League mostly abandoned the idea about Republic of Vojvodina, but it still advocating larger level of autonomy for the province. In November 2011, the party official of the League, Aleksandra Jerkov, stated that "Vojvodina needs more jurisdictions", but that "there is no need for it to be a republic".
Participation in elections
The League participated in most Serbian elections, except in parliamentary elections from 1992. In 1996 elections, League was part of the Vojvodina Coalition, which won about 50,000 votes.
In the 1997 parliamentary elections in Serbia, the League was also part of the Vojvodina Coalition, which won 112,000 votes.
At the legislative elections in Serbia, on May 11, 2008, the LSV was part of the For a European Serbia coalition led by the Democratic Party. This coalition won the elections and formed post-election Serbian government.
In the 2004 provincial election, the LSV was part of the Together for Vojvodina coalition. The coalition won 9.44% of the popular vote in the first-round of voting. The party subsequently participated in post-election provincial government.
In the 2008 provincial election, the LSV was again part of the Together for Vojvodina coalition. The coalition won 8.25% of the popular vote in the first-round of voting, representing a drop of -1.19% from the previous election. The party subsequently participated in post-election provincial government.
- "Partijsku knjižicu ima više od milion građana" (in Serbian). Blic.
- Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
- Enciklopedija Novog Sada, knjiga 13, Novi Sad, 1999, pages 40-41.
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