Liberal Democratic Party (Serbia)

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Liberal Democratic Party

Либерално демократска партија
Liberalno demokratska partija
LeaderČedomir Jovanović
FoundedNovember 5, 2005 (2005-11-05)
Split fromDemocratic Party (DS)
HeadquartersEmilijana Josimovića 4,
Membership (2015)70,000[1]
IdeologyLiberal democracy
Conservative liberalism[3]
Economic liberalism
Political positionRadical centre
Regional affiliationLiberal South East European Network
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (associate)
International affiliationNone*
National Assembly
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Assembly of Vojvodina
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*Formerly observer of the Liberal International.

The Liberal Democratic Party (Serbian: Либерално демократска партија, ЛДП / Liberalno demokratska partija, LDP) is a liberal democrat and conservative-liberal[3] political party in Serbia.


The Liberal Democratic Party was founded on 5 November 2005 by former members of the Democratic Party, led 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 the independence of Kosovo. The LDP is also highly supportive of LGBT rights in Serbia.[4]

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

# President Born-Died Term start Term end
1 Čedomir Jovanović Ceda Jovanovic Crop.jpg 1971– 5 November 2005 Incumbent

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.[5]

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalitions Government
2007 214,262 5.31%
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Increase 6 With GSSSDULSVDHSS opposition
2008 216,902 5.24%
11 / 250
Increase 5 With DHSSSDU opposition
2012 255,546 6.53%
12 / 250
Increase 1 U-Turn opposition
2014 120,879 3.36%
0 / 250
Decrease 12 With SDUBDZS no seats
2016 189,564 5.02%
4 / 250
Increase 4 With SDSLSV opposition
0 / 250

Presidential elections[edit]

President of Serbia
Election year # Candidate 1st round votes % 2nd round votes % Notes
2008 Increase 5th Čedomir Jovanović 219,689 5.34%
2012 Decrease 6th Čedomir Jovanović 196,668 5.03% U-Turn coalition

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Milinković, D. (13 April 2015). "Trećina kod naprednjaka" (in Serbian). Večernje novosti.
  2. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2016). "Serbia". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Hans Slomp (2011). Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics. ABC-CLIO. p. 588. ISBN 978-0-313-39182-8. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  4. ^ LDP: Govt. must protect Pride Parade Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Commission announces results of parliamentary elections Archived 2012-05-12 at the Wayback Machine. B92.

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