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Independent Democratic Serb Party

The Independent Democratic Serb Party (Serbo-Croatian: Samostalna demokratska srpska stranka, Самостална демократска српска странка), known as SDSS, is a social democratic political party of Serbs of Croatia.

Independent Democratic Serb Party

Samostalna demokratska srpska stranka
Самостална демократска српска странка
PresidentMilorad Pupovac[1]
FounderVojislav Stanimirović
Founded5 March 1997 (1997-03-05)[2]
HeadquartersVukovar, Croatia
IdeologySerb minority politics
Social democracy
Political positionCentre to centre-left
European Parliament groupProgressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats[3]
3 / 151


It was formed in 1997 led by Vojislav Stanimirović. In the 2003 Croatian parliamentary election, it beat its main rival, the Serb People's Party (SNS), taking all three seats reserved for Serb representatives in the Croatian parliament.[4]

After the elections, the Independent Democratic Serb Party made an agreement with the winning Croatian Democratic Union led by Ivo Sanader in which they agreed on fulfilling several SDSS demands such as refugee return, strengthening of national equality, judicial reform and cooperation with neighbouring countries. In the 2007 Croatian parliamentary election, they retained their three seats in the Parliament. In the Cabinet of Ivo Sanader II, their member Slobodan Uzelac received the position of vice-president of government. In the 2011 Croatian parliamentary election, they again won their three seats in the Parliament on the Serbian minority electoral list.

Electoral resultsEdit

Croatian Parliament
Year % of popular vote Overall seats won District XII District XII
(Serb seats)
2003 1.99%
3 / 151
3 / 8
3 / 3
government support
2007 2.0%
3 / 151
3 / 8
3 / 3
2011 2.0%
3 / 151
3 / 8
3 / 3
government support
2015 2.0%
3 / 151
3 / 8
3 / 3
2016 2.0%
3 / 151
3 / 8
3 / 3
government support

Party leadershipEdit


SDSS' 2019 European Parliament election jumbo poster in Vukovar.

The SDSS is a democratic party of liberal and social democratic orientation, but in the present circumstances, it is also a Serb national party.

Political goals:

  1. Refugee return, especially of Serbs; finishing renewal of war damaged areas
  2. The right to buy earlier state-owned flats, under earlier legislation (before peaceful reintegration of Croatian Podunavlje, when deadline for buying state-owned flats ended)
  3. State protection and securing of existing rights of national minorities, especially Serbs in Croatia
  4. Cultural and educational autonomy of Serbs in Croatia, through use of Serbian language and writings, use of Serbian national symbols, education in Serbian, foundation of Serb organizations in education and culture, foundation of Serbian information media and the maintaining of Serbian traditions and customs
  5. Professionalization of the armed forces
  6. Regionalism and decentralization
  7. Croatian integration into the EU and developing economic relations with Serbia

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Milorad Pupovac izabran za predsjednika SDSS-a". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). HINA. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Desničarenje je usmjereno na aktualnu vlast, a Srbi su samo povod". (in Serbian). 13 March 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Hrvatski sabor - Zastupnici promatrači Hrvatskoga sabora u Europskom parlamentu" (in Croatian). Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  4. ^ Nastanak i razvoj, SDSS official website

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