Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians

The Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (Hungarian: Vajdasági Magyar Szövetség; VMSZ, Serbian: Савез војвођанских Мађара; СВМ Serbian: Savez vojvođanskih Mađara; SVM), is an ethnic Hungarian political party representing the Hungarian minority in Serbia, primarily active in the province of Vojvodina. Its chairman is István Pásztor. Former party chairman József Kasza was an honorary president of the party until his title was revoked because of various disagreements on party issues.[6] It is an associate member of the European People's Party.[7]

Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians

Савез војвођанских Мађара
Savez vojvođanskih Mađara
Vajdasági Magyar Szövetség
Hungarian nameVajdasági Magyar Szövetség
LeaderIstván Pásztor
FounderJózsef Kasza
Founded18 June 1994
Split fromDemocratic Fellowship of Vojvodina Hungarians
HeadquartersTrg Žrtava Fašizma 9, Subotica
IdeologyHungarian minority interests[1]
Conservatism[2]
Autonomism[3]
Regionalism[3]
Pro-Europeanism[4]
Political positionCentre-right[5]
European affiliationEuropean People's Party (associate)
Colours     Green
National Assembly
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Assembly of Vojvodina
6 / 120
Party flag
Flag of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians
Website
www.vmsz.org.rs

Positions heldEdit

Major positions held by Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians members:

President of the Assembly of Vojvodina Years
Sándor Egeresi 2008–2012
István Pásztor 2012–

Electoral resultsEdit

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Year Popular vote % of popular vote Number of seats Seat change Notes Government
1997 50,960 1.23%
4 / 250
  4 opposition
2000 2,402,387 64.09%
6 / 250
  2 Coalition DOS government
2003 161,765 4.23%
0 / 250
  6 Coalition ZZT non-parliamentary
2007 52,510 1.30%
3 / 250
  3 opposition
2008 74,874 1.81%
4 / 250
  1 Coalition MK gov′t support
2012 68,323 1.75%
5 / 250
  1 opposition
2014 75,294 2.10%
6 / 250
  1 gov′t support
2016 56,620 1,50 %
4 / 250
  2 gov′t support

Presidential electionsEdit

President of Serbia
Election year # Candidate 1st round votes % 2nd round votes % Notes
2008   6th István Pásztor 93,039 2.26 Hungarian Coalition
2012   9th István Pásztor 63,420 1.62%
2017   1st Aleksandar Vučić 2,012,788 55.10% Government coalition

Provincial electionsEdit

At the 2004 provincial election in Vojvodina, the party won 8.50% of votes in the one-round voting system, and was part of the ruling coalition in the Vojvodina provincial parliament.

At the 2008 provincial election in Vojvodina, the party was part of the Hungarian Coalition, which won 7% of votes in the first election round.

At the 2012 provincial election in Vojvodina, the party won 6.15% of votes in the first election round.

Local electionsEdit

In the 2004 local elections, the party won the largest number of seats in the municipal parliaments of Subotica, Senta, Bačka Topola, Mali Iđoš, Kanjiža (where Reformists of Vojvodina won same number of seats) and Čoka.

In the 2008 local elections, the party was part of the Hungarian Coalition, which also included two other ethnic Hungarian political parties in Serbia, and which won the majority of votes in Kanjiža (50.91%), as well as plurality of votes in Senta (31.87%), Bačka Topola (46.25%), Mali Iđoš (37.18%), and Bečej (29.63%).

Since the introduction of the multi-party system in Serbia, the mayor of Subotica was often from the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians. That has changed after local elections 2008,[8] when Democratic Party won the largest number of votes in this city.

In the 2012 local elections, the party won the largest number of seats in the municipal parliaments of Kanjiža, Senta, Bačka Topola, Mali Iđoš, and Čoka. Democratic Party won more votes than the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians in Subotica, Bečej, and Ada, in which largest part of population was of Hungarian ethnicity, according to 2002 census.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2016). "Vojvodina/Serbia". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ Losoncz, Alpár (24 May 2015). "Nem a liberalizmus tizedeli a kisebbségi magyarokat". napló.org (in Hungarian). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Florian Bieber; Jenni Winterhagen (2006). Ethnic Violence in Vojvodina: Glitch or Harbinger of Conflicts to Come? (PDF). European Centre for Minority Issues. p. 29.
  4. ^ Jansen, Thomas; Van Hecke, Steven (2011). At Europe's Service: The Origins and Evolution of the European People's Party. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 384. ISBN 9783642194146.
  5. ^ "Ismét Kasza József a VMSZ elnöke". www.origo.hu (in Hungarian). Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  6. ^ http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2010&mm=02&dd=11&nav_id=65130[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "EPP Political Assembly tackles migration, prepares EPP Congress, and upgrades two member parties". Brussels: European People's Party. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  8. ^ Hrvatska riječ Archived 7 September 2012 at Archive.today Davor Bašić Palković: Formirana nova gradska vlast u Subotici, 18. srpnja 2008. (in Croatian)
  9. ^ http://www.rts.rs/page/stories/ci/story/1/politika/67672/madjarska-koalicija-za-potpunu-autonomiju.html

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