G17 Plus

G17 Plus (G17+), was a liberal-conservative[1] political party in Serbia that existed from 2002 until 2013 when it merged into the United Regions of Serbia (URS).

G17 Plus

Г17 плус
PresidentMiroljub Labus (2002 - 2006)
Mlađan Dinkić (2006 - 2013)
FounderMiroljub Labus
Founded15 December 2002 (2002-12-15)
Dissolved21 April 2013 (2013-04-21)
Merged intoUnited Regions of Serbia
IdeologyLiberal conservatism
Economic liberalism
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre-right
ColoursBlue and Grey

Founded as a non-governmental organization dealing with economic issues, in 2002 it transformed into a political party that became part of several ruling coalition governments in Serbia throughout the 2000s and early 2010s.

FoundationEdit

G17 Plus was founded in 1997 as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Serbia, then a federal unit within FR Yugoslavia. The organization consisting of economic experts enjoyed financial support of the United States through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).[2] It was registered as a political party on 15 December 2002, with Miroljub Labus as its first president.

At its first electoral showing at the 2003 parliamentary elections, G17 Plus received 11.5% of the popular vote and 34 seats in the National Assembly.

In March 2004, G17+ formed a coalition government with the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS), the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) and New Serbia (NS). In May 2006 Miroljub Labus resigned as party leader and was replaced by Mlađan Dinkić. On October 1, 2006, the party quit the governing coalition over its failure to find and extradite ICTY fugitive Ratko Mladić.

In the 2007 elections, the party received 6.82% of the popular vote and 19 seats in the parliament.

G17+ received a single seat in the Community Assembly of Kosovo and Metohija.[3]

In 2010, G17 Plus founded the United Regions of Serbia (URS), a coalition of political parties and groups emphasizing decentralization and regional development of Serbia.[4] After a few years functioning as the centerpiece of the coalition, in April 2013 G17 Plus fully merged with URS, transforming it into a political party.

Presidents of the G17 Plus (2002–2013)Edit

# President Born–Died Term start Term end
1 Miroljub Labus   1947– 15 December 2002 16 May 2006
2 Mlađan Dinkić   1964– 16 May 2006 21 April 2013

Electoral resultsEdit

National Assembly of Serbia
Election # of votes % of vote # of seats +/- Coalition Status
2003 438,422 11.46%
31 / 250
  31 with SDP government 2004–2006
opposition 2006–2007
2007 275,041 6.82%
19 / 250
  12 government
2008 1,590,200 38.42%
24 / 250
  5 ZES government
2012 215,666 5.51%
10 / 250
  14 URS government 2012–2013
opposition 2013–2014

Presidential electionsEdit

President of Serbia
Election year # Candidate 1st round votes % 2nd round votes % Notes
2002 2nd Miroljub Labus 995,200 27.96 1,516,693 31.62 Election declared invalid due to low turnout
2003
Election boycott
2004   4th Dragan Maršićanin 414,971 13.31 Government Coalition
2008   1st Boris Tadić 1,457,030 35.39 2,304,467 50.31 For a European Serbia
2012   5th Zoran Stanković 257,054 6.58% United Regions of Serbia

Positions heldEdit

Major positions held by G17 Plus members:

President of the National Assembly of Serbia Years
Predrag Marković 2004–2006
Governor of the National Bank
of Yugoslavia / Serbia
Years
Mlađan Dinkić 2000–2003

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elisabeth Bakke (2010). "Central and East European party systems since 1989". Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989. Cambridge University Press. pp. 78, 80. ISBN 978-1-139-48750-4.
  2. ^ "Hearing of the Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe". National Endowment for Democracy. 1998-12-10. Archived from the original on March 30, 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  3. ^ "Kosovo Serbs convene parliament; Pristina, international authorities object". Southeast European Times. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  4. ^ Osnovani Ujedinjeni regioni Srbije Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine (in Serbian)

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