Milorad Mirčić

Milorad Mirčić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милорад Мирчић; born 22 February 1956) is a politician in Serbia. He is a prominent figure in the far-right Serbian Radical Party (Srpska radikalna stranka, SRS) and has served several terms as an elected official at the local, provincial, and republic levels. Mirčić was the mayor of Novi Sad from 1993 to 1994 and was minister of the Serb diaspora in the Serbian government from 1998 to 2000. He is now a member of the Novi Sad city assembly.

Milorad Mirčić
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Minister of the Serb Diaspora in the Government of Serbia
In office
24 March 1998 – 24 October 2000
Preceded byRadovan Pankov
Succeeded byVojislav Vukčević
Mayor of Novi Sad
In office
13 January 1993 – 24 June 1994
Preceded byVladimir Divjaković
Succeeded byMilorad Đurđević (interim)
Member of the National Assembly of Serbia
In office
3 June 2016 – 3 August 2020
In office
25 January 1993 – 14 February 2007
Member of the Assembly of Vojvodina (Serbian Radical Party List MP)
In office
16 July 2008 – 22 June 2012
Member of the Assembly of Vojvodina (Novi Sad Division 7)
In office
30 October 2004 – 16 July 2008
Preceded byredistribution[1]
Succeeded bySrboljub Bubnjević
Personal details
Born (1956-02-22) 22 February 1956 (age 65)
Maleševci, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Political partySerbian Radical Party

Early life and private careerEdit

Mirčić was born in the village of Maleševci, in what was then the People's Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia. He graduated as an engineer, specializing in the field of synthetic polymers, and worked for many years at Novkabel.[2]

PoliticianEdit

Early years (1992–98)Edit

Mayor of Novi SadEdit

The Radical Party emerged in a strengthened position from the December 1992 Serbian local elections in Novi Sad and formed a local administration with the Socialist Party of Serbia (Socijalistička partija Srbije, SPS). Mirčić, who was then little known in political circles, was chosen as president of the city assembly, a position that was at the time equivalent to mayor. His tenure began in the same month that Bill Clinton was inaugurated as president of the United States, and he attracted some notoriety during this time for saying that he had two advantages over Clinton: he was younger and more attractive, and he had never cheated on his wife.

Mirčić's tenure as mayor coincided with a period of hyperinflation in Serbia. While in office, he oversaw a campaign to remove the names of Tito and other communist-era officials from the city's infrastructure and replace them with those of other figures from Serbia's past, including Četnik officials such as Petar Bojović. He also removed the city's multi-lingual signs, increased the use of the Cyrillic script, and twinned the city with Ilioupoli in Greece.

Mirčić was defeated in a non-confidence vote in June 1994, having by this time lost the support of the Socialist Party. An author sympathetic to the Radicals has suggested that Mirčić's continued support for Bosnian Serb forces in the Bosnian War, at a time when the Serbian government was withholding aid and supplies from the Republika Srpska, contributed to this outcome. Mirčić's ill-timed diplomatic visit to Ilioupoli at a time of economic hardship for Novi Sad was also described as a factor.[3]

ParliamentarianEdit

Mirčić received the sixth position on the Radical Party's electoral list for Novi Sad in the 1992 Serbian general election, which was held concurrently with the December 1992 local elections.[4] The Radicals won ten mandates in the division,[5] and Mirčić was included in the party's assembly delegation.[6][7] (From 1992 to 2000, Serbia's electoral law stipulated that one-third of parliamentary mandates would be assigned to candidates from successful lists in numerical order, while the remaining two-thirds would be distributed amongst other candidates on the lists at the discretion of the sponsoring parties.[8] It was common practice for the latter mandates to be awarded out of order. Mirčić's list position did not give him the automatic right to a mandate.) The governing Socialist Party won the election but, with 101 seats out of 250, fell short of a majority; the Radicals finished in second place with seventy-three seats. While the Radicals were technically an opposition party in the parliament that followed, they initially worked with the Socialists in an informal alliance. By late 1993, however, the parties had turned against each other and new elections were called.

Mirčić received the fourth position on the Radical Party's list for Novi Sad in the 1993 parliamentary election.[9] The party won seven seats in the division, and Mirčić was again given a mandate.[10][11] The Socialists won the election and formed a coalition with New Democracy (Nova demokratija, ND), while the Radicals again served in opposition.

In September 1994, Mirčić disrupted the proceedings of the assembly to demand an emergency debate on the arrest of Radical Party leader Vojislav Šešelj.[12] When Mirčić refused to yield the floor, speaker Dragan Tomić suspended the sitting.[13] The following year, the leadership of the breakaway Serbian Radical Party – Nikola Pašić (Srpska radikalna stranka – Nikola Pašić, SRS-NP) accused Mirčić and two other Radical parliamentarians of physically preventing one of their deputies from entering the assembly.[14] In July 1995, Mirčić was quoted as saying at a Radical Party rally, "I want to create a country called Greater Serbia, with one parliament, one president, one army. We will not stop till our enemies are crushed."[15]

In 1996, after the conclusion of the Bosnian War, Mirčić held a press conference in which he accused Serbian president Slobodan Milošević of planning to assassinate Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, "because he is afraid that Karadžić might go to the Hague (war crimes tribunal) and tell many unpleasant things there."[16]

Mirčić received the first position on the Radical Party's electoral list for the smaller, redistributed Novi Sad division in the 1997 Serbian parliamentary election[17] and was automatically re-elected when the list won three mandates.[18] The Socialist Party again won the election and the Radicals initially continued to serve in opposition.

Cabinet minister (1998–2000)Edit

The Socialist Party formed a new coalition government with the Yugoslav Left (Jugoslovenska Levica, JUL) and the Radical Party on 24 March 1998, during the early period of the Kosovo War. Mirčić was appointed as minister for the Serb diaspora in the second cabinet of Serbian prime minister Mirko Marjanović.[19]

In November 1998, Mirčić gave an interview in which he discussed the position of Serbs in different republics of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He said that the Serb community in Slovenia had been "broken up because no attention [was] being devoted to ethnic minorities," while the government of Croatia, with the support of the international community, was promoting a sham "democracy" and surreptitiously discriminating against the Serb community in various ways. He added that the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina was similar to that in Croatia and that Serbs in Macedonia were "trying to secure their basic rights and form their association."[20] In April 1999, after the start of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, Mirčić said that members of the Serbian national minority in Albania were being forced to flee to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia due to physical threats and blackmail.[21]

Mirčić met with recently dismissed Republika Srpska president Nikola Poplašen in September 1999, at a time when Poplašen was still attempting to exercise the office of the presidency and was engaged in a bitter political struggle with Republika Srpska prime minister Milorad Dodik. Mirčić and Poplašen discussed cooperation between Serbia and the Republika Srpska and the issue of dual citizenship; a joint statement issued after the meeting blamed Dodik and his administration for blocking links between the two communities.[22][23] Mirčić later said that Serbs in the Republika Srpska were in a worse position than any other Serb community in the Balkans, in that the international community was plotting to destroy their entity.[24]

In October 1999, Mirčić organized a meeting in Belgrade of Serbian language journalists from the international diaspora. He said that the gathering was intended to discuss ways of improving access to information. During his speech to the assembled group, he said, "We have withstood and repelled most brutal physical attacks and have shown that we are capable to fight and defend ourselves. Those who attacked us are now resorting to perfidious methods, not much different from the bombardments in force and intensity — a media war."[25]

Mirčić's term in office came to an end on 24 October 2000, shortly after the defeat of Slobodan Milošević in the 2000 Yugoslavian general election. A caretaker administration was established in Serbia pending new elections, and the Radicals returned to opposition.

After the fall of Milošević (2000–07)Edit

Serbia's electoral system was reformed for the 2000 parliamentary election in December, with the entire country becoming a single constituency and all mandates being awarded to candidates at the discretion of the sponsoring parties, irrespective of numerical order.[26] Mirčić received the sixth position on the Radical Party's electoral list and was included in its assembly delegation after the party won twenty-three seats.[27] The Democratic Opposition of Serbia (Demokratska opozicija Srbije, DOS) won a landslide victory in this election, and the Radicals again served in opposition.

Mirčić received the eighth position on the Radical Party's list in the 2003 election.[28] The Radicals won eighty-two seats, emerging as the largest group in the assembly but falling well short of a majority and ultimately remaining in opposition. Mirčić was again included in the party's assembly delegation[29] and chaired the defence and security committee in the parliament that followed.[30] In November 2004, he and Venko Aleksandrov (the chair of Bulgaria's foreign policy, defence, and security committee) signed an accord for greater cooperation between their countries.[31] Mirčić paid an official visit to Bulgaria the following year in his role as committee chair.[32]

In March 2004, Mirčić accused ethnic Albanian "separatists" in Kosovo-Metohija of conducting coordinated actions against Serbs in the disputed territory and called for the Serbian government to take all necessary actions to protect the Kosovo Serb community.[33] He also condemned the burning of mosques in Belgrade and Niš during the same period.[34] In December 2004, he said that Albanian separatists in Kosovo were "waiting for helicopters and state-of-the-art small arms to be delivered to them from Croatia" and accused the groups in question of planning a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Serbs.[35]

Mirčić appeared on the Radical Party's electoral lists for the republic elections of 2007 and 2008, although he did not take a seat on either occasion.[36]

Provincial politics (2000–12)Edit

Mirčić sought election to the Assembly of Vojvodina for Novi Sad's seventh division in the 2000 provincial election.[37] He was defeated by Dragan Milošević of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia.[38]

The 2000 provincial election was the last to be held entirely by polling in single-member constituencies; following the election, Vojvodina adopted a system of mixed proportional representation, in which half the candidates were elected in constituencies and the other half by proportional representation on electoral lists. Mirčić was elected for Novi Sad's redistributed seventh division in the 2004 provincial election, winning in the second round of voting. As in the republican election a year earlier, the Radicals emerged as the largest party in the assembly but fell short of a majority and ultimately served in opposition. Mirčić led the Radical Party caucus in the sitting of the assembly that followed.[39]

In early 2008, Mirčić accused the European Union of encouraging Serb refugees from Croatia now living in Vojvodina to return to their former homes, as part of a strategy to turn Serbs into a minority in Vojvodina and separate the province from Serbia. His political rivals accused him of fomenting ethnic tensions with these comments.[40] The Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (Savez vojvođanskih Mađara, SVM) subsequently condemned Mirčić's statement that inter-ethnic clashes could occur in Vojvodina communities with Hungarian majorities if Hungary recognized Kosovo's declaration of independence.[41]

Mirčić was a Radical Party vice-president at the republic level in this period and continued to speak for the party on a variety of issues. He opposed the prospect of Serbia joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2007, saying, "The United States is creating hotspots in the world and NATO does the dirtiest work in the field. We do not want to be a part of that."[42] He also said, "by joining NATO, [Serbia] would be making a major concession to the advocates of independence for Kosmet [Kosovo-Metohija], because the alliance's strategy is not to interfere in internal conflicts in its member-nations."[43] Ultimately, Serbia did not join the military alliance.

Mirčić appeared in the lead position on the Radical Party's electoral list in the 2008 provincial election.[44] The Radicals suffered an unexpectedly poor result in this election, winning only twenty-four seats of 120; the election was won outright by the For a European Vojvodina alliance.[45] Mirčić continued to lead the Radical Party group in the assembly and, from the opposition benches, accused the provincial government of pursuing a secessionist agenda.[46] He opposed the Statute of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, describing it as a blueprint for a "state within a state."[47][48]

Following the 2008 parliamentary election (which took place concurrently with the provincial election), serious discussions took place between the Radical Party, the Democratic Party of Serbia (Demokratska stranka Srbije, DSS), and the Socialist Party of Serbia about forming a new coalition government, and rumours circulated that Mirčić would be appointed as minister of internal affairs.[49] Ultimately, these plans came to nothing. The Socialists formed a coalition with the For a European Serbia alliance, and the Radicals remained in opposition.

Following the Serbian government's arrest and deportation of Radovan Karadžić in mid-2008, Mirčić accused United Kingdom Special Forces groups of taking part in the operation to capture Karadžić and described the government of Serbian president Boris Tadić as traitorous.[50]

The Radical Party experienced a serious split in late 2008, with several members joining the breakaway Serbian Progressive Party (Srpska napredna stranka, SNS), a more moderate political grouping led by Tomislav Nikolić and Aleksandar Vučić. Mirčić, considered a prominent member of party leader Vojislav Šešelj's hardline faction, remained with the Radicals; when Nikolić set up a parliamentary group composed of ex-Radicals, Mirčić accused him of an illegal "snatching of mandates."[51][52]

The Radicals, seriously weakened by the 2008 split, fell to only four seats in the Vojvodina Assembly in the 2012 provincial election. Mirčić was defeated in his bid for re-election in Novi Sad's seventh constituency seat.

Return to the National Assembly (2016–20)Edit

Serbia's electoral system was reformed again in 2011, such that parliamentary mandates were awarded in numerical order to candidates on successful lists. Mirčić was not a candidate in the 2012 Serbian parliamentary election but received the fourth position on the Radical Party's list for the 2014 election.[53] The party did not, on this occasion, cross the electoral threshold to win representation in the assembly.

Mirčić again appeared in the fourth position on the Radical Party's list for the 2016 parliamentary election and was elected to his sixth assembly term when the list won twenty-two mandates.[54] The election was won by the Progressive Party and its allies, and the Radicals again served in an opposition. During the 2016–20 parliament, Mirčić was a member of the committee on finance, state budget, and control of public spending; a member of the agriculture, forestry, and water management committee; a deputy member of the defence and internal affairs committee, the security services control committee, and the committee on administrative, budgetary, mandate, and immunity issues; a member of Serbia's delegation to the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy; and a member of the parliamentary friendship groups with Belarus, Russia, and Venezuela.[55]

Mirčić was promoted to the second position on the Radical Party's list in the 2020 Serbian parliamentary election.[56] As in 2014, the list failed to cross the electoral threshold.

City politics since 2000Edit

Mirčić has served several terms in the Novi Sad city assembly since standing down as mayor in 1994. He was defeated in his bid for re-election to the assembly in the 2000 local elections[57] but returned in 2004.[58][59] In the 2008 local elections, he was a candidate but chose not to take a mandate.[60][61][62]

Mirčić appeared in the second position on the Radical Party's lists for Novi Sad in the 2012,[63] 2016,[64] and 2020 Serbian local elections[65] and was re-elected each time.[66][67][68] He is still a member of the city assembly as of 2021.[69]

Electoral recordEdit

Provincial (Vojvodina)Edit

2012 Vojvodina assembly election
Novi Sad VII (constituency seat) - First and Second Rounds
[70]
Srboljub Bubnjević (incumbent) Choice for a Better Vojvodina (Affiliation: Democratic Party) 5,507 26.06 10,094 52.54
Petar Novaković Let's Get Vojvodina Moving 5,080 24.04 9,117 47.46
Petar Krstić League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina 2,705 12.80
Novak Trkulja Socialist Party of SerbiaParty of United Pensioners of SerbiaUnited SerbiaSocial Democratic Party of Serbia 2,555 12.09
Milorad Mirčić Serbian Radical Party 2,294 10.86
Ostoja Simetić Democratic Party of Serbia 1,037 4.91
Milja Obradović Maja GojkovićUnited Regions of Serbia 985 4.66
Željko Milešev Serb Democratic Party 968 4.58
Total valid votes 21,131 100 19,211 100
2004 Vojvodina assembly election
Novi Sad VII (constituency seat) - First and Second Rounds
[71]
Milorad Mirčić Serbian Radical Party 5,012 44.08 8,993 67.49
Miloš Račić Democratic Party 1,935 17.02 4,331 32.51
Miroslav Kopanja Socialist Party of Serbia 1,629 14.33
Milan Paroški New Serbia 1,337 11.76
Mirko Šipovac Democratic Party of Serbia 582 5.12
Milorad Rajić Clean Hands of Vojvodina 574 5.05
Zoran Subotić Citizen's Group: Community of Serbs of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina 300 2.64
Total valid votes 11,369 100 13,324 100
Invalid ballots 511 506
Total votes casts 11,880 34.30 13,830 39.92
2000 Vojvodina assembly election
Novi Sad VII (constituency seat)
[72]
Candidate Party or Coalition Result
Dragan Milošević Democratic Opposition of Serbia (Affiliation: Democratic Party) elected
Milorad Mirčić Serbian Radical Party
other candidates

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