Živko Vrcelj

Živko Vrcelj (Serbian Cyrillic: Живко Врцељ; born 19 July 1959) is a medical doctor and politician in Serbia. He was a member of the Assembly of Vojvodina from 2012 to 2016 and briefly served in the National Assembly of Serbia in 2016 as a member of the Serbian Progressive Party. Vrcelj is currently the director of the Sremska Mitrovica General Hospital.

Early life and careerEdit

Vrcelj was raised in Ogulin in what was then the Socialist Republic of Croatia in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He graduated from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in 1983 and subsequently worked as a surgeon in Zagreb and Ogulin until the outbreak of the Yugoslav Wars. From 1991 to 1995, he was a war surgeon in the Republika Srpska Krajina. He has worked in Sremska Mitrovica since 1996 and became head of the surgical department of medicine at the Sremska Mitrovica General Hospital in 2013.[1]

Political careerEdit

Vrcelj was elected to the Assembly of Vojvodina for Sremska Mitrovica's constituency seat in the 2012 provincial election as a candidate of the Progressive Party's Let's Get Vojvodina Moving coalition. The election was won by the Democratic Party and its allies, and Vrcelj served in opposition for the next four years. He was subsequently awarded the ninety-fourth position on the Progressive Party's Aleksandar Vučić — Future We Believe In electoral list in the 2016 Serbian parliamentary election and was elected when the list won a majority victory with 131 out of 250 mandates.[2]

His term in the National Assembly was brief. He resigned on 12 August 2016,[3] after being appointed to a six-month term as acting director of the Sremska Mitrovica General Hospital by the government of Vojvodina.[4] In January 2017, he was confirmed in the role for a four-year term.[5]

Vrcelj was also elected to the Sremska Mitrovica municipal assembly in the 2016 local elections but resigned in September 2016 following his appointment as hospital director.[6]

Electoral recordEdit


2012 Vojvodina assembly election
Sremska Mitrovica (constituency seat) - First and Second Rounds
Živko Vrcelj Let's Get Vojvodina Moving (Affiliation: Serbian Progressive Party) 11,456 26.28 21,110 58.98
Goran Ivić (incumbent) Choice for a Better Vojvodina 8,376 19.22 15,299 42.02
Branislav Andrijević Citizens' Group – For Better Life in Sremska Mitrovica 7,243 16.62
Ilija Milinović Socialist Party of SerbiaParty of United Pensioners of SerbiaUnited SerbiaSocial Democratic Party of Serbia 4,296 9.86
Mitar Pavlović Democratic Party of Serbia 4,039 9.27
Miroslav Pevac League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina 2,776 6.37
Dragan Banovački Serbian Radical Party 2,197 5.04
Milenko Perić Preokret 1,642 3.77
Momir Đuričić Dr. Boško LaćaracUnited Regions of SerbiaLaćaračka inicijativaZa jaku Mitrovicu 1,564 3.59
Total valid votes 43,589 100 36,409 100


  1. ^ ŽIVKO VRCELJ, Otvoreni Parlament, accessed 1 August 2018.
  2. ^ Избори за народне посланике 2016. године » Изборне листе (АЛЕКСАНДАР ВУЧИЋ - СРБИЈА ПОБЕЂУЈЕ), Republika Srbija - Republička izborna komisija, accessed 17 February 2017.
  3. ^ Current Legislature, National Assembly of Serbia, accessed 1 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Dr Živko Vrcelj,imenovan za v.d. direktora mitrovačke bolnice", Opšte bolnice Sremska Mitrovica, 3 August 2016, accessed 1 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Dr Živko Vrcelj imenovan za direktora mitrovačke bolnice", Opšte bolnice Sremska Mitrovica, 23 January 2017, accessed 1 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Sanader novi gradonačelnik Sremske Mitrovice", Radio Television of Vojvodina, 28 September 2016, accessed 1 August 2018.
  7. ^ Резултати избора за посланике у Скупштину Аутономне Покрајине Војводине по већинском изборном систему (50 Сремска Митровица) (2012), Provincial Election Commission, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia, accessed 14 April 2018.