Liberal Democratic Party (Serbia)

The Liberal Democratic Party (Serbian: Либерално демократска партија, romanizedLiberalno demokratska partija; abbr. ЛДП or LDP) is a liberal[1][2] political party in Serbia.

Liberal Democratic Party
Либерално демократска партија
Liberalno demokratska partija
LeaderČedomir Jovanović
FoundedNovember 5, 2005 (2005-11-05)
Split fromDemocratic Party
Political positionCenter
Regional affiliationLiberal South East European Network
Colours  Purple
National Assembly
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Assembly of Vojvodina
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The Liberal Democratic Party was founded on 5 November 2005 by former members of the Democratic Party, led by Čedomir Jovanović, who were expelled in a party purge in 2004. Jovanović had become critical of the new direction of the Democratic Party and its newly elected president, Boris Tadić. The LDP gained its first seat in parliament after Đorđe Đukić defected from the Democratic Party. Members of the foundation board were: Nenad Prokić, Nikola Samardžić, Branislav Lečić and Đorđe Đukić.

The LDP has a long-standing relationship with the Social Democratic Union and League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina.

The LDP is one of the few political parties in Serbia to actively support Serbia's membership into NATO and the independence of Kosovo. The LDP is also highly supportive of LGBT rights in Serbia.[8]

Presidents of the Liberal Democratic PartyEdit

# President Born-Died Term start Term end
1 Čedomir Jovanović   1971– 5 November 2005 Incumbent

Electoral performanceEdit

The LDP's first electoral performance was during the 2007 Serbian parliamentary election, the LDP ran in a coalition together with the Civic Alliance of Serbia, the Social Democratic Union and the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina which collectively received 5.31% of the popular vote. The Civic Alliance would later merge into the LDP the same year.

The next election followed a year later, with the LDP receiving only 5.24% of the popular vote, its worst performance to date.

The Liberal Democratic Party competed in the 2012 Serbian parliamentary election as part of the U-Turn coalition. The coalition received 6.53% of the popular vote.[9]

In the 2014 Serbian parliamentary elections, LDP participated in the coalition with the Social Democratic Union and the Bosniak Democratic Union of Sandžak. However, the coalition did not win any seats in the National Assembly as it only received 3.36% of the popular vote.[10]

In the 2016 Serbian parliamentary elections, LDP participated in the coalition with the Social Democratic Party and the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina. The coalition received 5.02% of the popular vote and gained 13 seats in the National Assembly with LDP receiving 4 seats.[11]

In the 2020 Serbian parliamentary elections, LDP led a coalition called "Coalition for Peace" along with the Vlach People's Party and other small Bosniak, Romani, Romanian, and Montenegrin political organizations. However, the coalition had the worst result in LDP's history and it failed to pass the 3% electoral threshold.[12][13]

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalition Status in legislature
2007 214,262 5.31%
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  6 With GSSSDULSVDHSS Opposition
2008 216,902 5.24%
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  5 With DHSSSDU Opposition
2012 255,546 6.53%
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  2 Turnover! Opposition
2014 120,879 3.36%
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  13 With SDUBDZS Extra-parliamentary
2016 189,564 5.02%
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  4 With SDSLSV Opposition
2020 10,158 0.32%
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  4 Coalition for Peace Extra-parliamentary

Presidential electionsEdit

President of Serbia
Election year # Candidate 1st round vote % of vote 2nd round vote % of vote Notes
2008 5th Čedomir Jovanović 219,689 5.34%
2012   6th Čedomir Jovanović 196,668 5.03% U-Turn coalition

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2016). "Serbia". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 10 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Hans Slomp (2011). Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics. ABC-CLIO. p. 588. ISBN 978-0-313-39182-8. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Neoliberalizam na delu" (in Serbian). Dvogled. 23 October 2013.
  4. ^ "LDP izlazi na izbore da bi se sa građanima došlo do evropske Srbije" (in Serbian). N1. 4 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Izborni manifest" (in Serbian). Peščanik. 2008.
  6. ^ "LDP: Ukinuti gradsku slavu" (in Serbian). B92. 16 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Povelja slobode" (in Serbian). 2009.
  8. ^ LDP: Govt. must protect Pride Parade Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Commission announces results of parliamentary elections Archived 2012-05-12 at the Wayback Machine. B92.
  10. ^ "Izbori 2014: Najniža izlaznost u istoriji, ubedljiva pobeda SNS, Vučić premijer". N1 Srbija (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Izborni rezultat 2016". Nedeljnik Vreme. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Proglašena izborna lista "Čedomir Jovanović - Koalicija za mir"". N1 Srbija (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  13. ^ Beta, Piše (22 June 2020). "RIK: Izlaznost 50,32 odsto, SNS-u 191 mandat". Dnevni list Danas (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 June 2020.

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