Croatian Civic Initiative

The Croatian Civic Initiative (Croatian/Montenegrin: Hrvatska građanska inicijativa, HGI, Montenegrin Cyrillic: Хрватска грађанска иницијатива, ХГИ) is a political party of the Croat minority in Montenegro.[2]

Croatian Civic Initiative
Hrvatska građanska inicijativa
PresidentAdrian Vuksanović[1]
FounderBožo Nikolić
Marija Vučinović
Founded28 August 2002 (2002-08-28)
HeadquartersTivat, Montenegro
Ideology
Political positionCentre-right
Parliament of Montenegro
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Website
Official website

HistoryEdit

The party was formed in 2002. It first participated in local elections in Tivat municipality that year, and established its headquarters in this town. HGI has best electoral results in Boka region, because the Croat minority is concentrated mostly in municipalities of Tivat and Kotor. Marija Vučinović was party president from 2006, until 2019. At the 2009 legislative elections in Montenegro, Croatian Civic Initiative was a part of victorious Coalition for a European Montenegro, alongside DPS, SDP, DUA and the Bosniak Party.

HGI contested the 2012 legislative elections independently, and won 0.4% of votes, gaining one seat in the Parliament, because of the lower electoral threshold envisaged for the Croat minority, which has been set at 0.35%. The party entered a post-election coalition with ruling DPS and SDP. The party's sole current parliamentary representative is Adrian Vuksanović, who was elected new president of the Party in 2019.

In February 2019, following ideological disagreements with the HGI membership, Marija Vučinović was removed from the post president by the party's main board, remaining a minister in the Montenegrin government. Eventually she left the party prior the 2020 Montenegrin parliamentary election. In July 2020 she became one of the founders of the new Croatian minority interests Croatian Reform Party, established when the centrist faction of the HGI defected from the party, and formed new political subject. At the first party congress, Vučinović was elected president of the new party. A newly formed party ran independently at the 2020 elections, competing for one Croatian parliamentary seat with the HGI.

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Parliament of Montenegro
Year Popular vote % of popular vote Overall seats won Seat change Coalition Government
2006 164,737 48.62%
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  1 ECG government support
2009 168,290 51.9%
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  ECG government support
2012 1,470 0.40%
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  government
2016 1,801 0.47%
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  government
2020 1,106 0.27%
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  1 extra-parliamentary

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vuksanović izabran za predsjednika HGI, Vijesti (July 2019). Retrieved 29 August 2020
  2. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2020). "Montenegro". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 2 September 2020.

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