Social Democratic Party (Serbia)
The Social Democratic Party (Serbian: Социјалдемократска странка / Socijaldemokratska stranka, SDS) was a parliamentary political party in Serbia. The party was founded and is headed by Boris Tadić, who was previously president of the Democratic Party and the former President of Serbia. Between June and October 2014, the name of the party was the New Democratic Party (Serbian: Нова демократска странка / Nova demokratska stranka, NDS). In May 2019 party formed a union with Democratic Party and Together for Serbia.
|Founded||14 June 2014|
|Split from||Democratic Party|
|Headquarters||Radoslava Grujića 25, Belgrade|
|National affiliation||United Democratic Party|
|International affiliation||Progressive Alliance|
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Tadić revealed in February 2014 his intention to secede from the Democratic Party and to form a new party to take part in the 2014 parliamentary election. But, after realizing that they don't have enough time to register a new party before the election, Tadić and his supporters made a deal with the Greens of Serbia. As part of this deal, Tadić and his supporters joined the Greens of Serbia, and then on 10 February 2014 the name of the party was changed to the "New Democratic Party – Greens". Although Ivan Karić was still officially president of this party, Tadić became its de facto leader. Party then participated in the 2014 parliamentary election under that name in coalition with Together for Serbia, League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina and some other minor parties. This coalition won 5.7% of the electoral vote and 18 seats in the National Assembly of Serbia. Of these, 11 seats were allocated to the "New Democratic Party – Greens", but only one to the original Greens (Ivan Karić) and 10 to the group around Boris Tadić.
After the 2014 parliamentary election, a divergence emerged in the "New Democratic Party – Greens" between the original Greens and group of members that joined the party with Tadić. On 14 June, Tadić and his supporters decided to secede from the Greens and form "New Democratic Party" as a separate party, while the name of the "New Democratic Party—Greens" was changed back to the "Greens of Serbia". In the National Assembly, 10 deputies of the New Democratic Party are part of the parliamentary group of 12 deputies together with Ivan Karić of the Greens and Blagoje Bradić of Together for Serbia, and they are in the opposition to the current Government of Serbia.
First internal party elections were held on 4 October 2014. Boris Tadić was elected president of the party. On the same day, the official name of the party was changed to the "Social Democratic Party".
As of January 2017, the Social Democratic Party holds four seats in the National Assembly of Serbia. It exists in a parliamentary alliance with the People's Movement of Serbia, which holds one seat.
Presidents of the Social Democratic Party (2014–Present)Edit
|#||President||Born-Died||Term start||Term end|
|1||Boris Tadić||1958–||14 June 2014||Incumbent|
|Year||Popular vote||% of popular vote||# of seats||Seat change||Coalitions||Government|
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|Election year||#||Candidate||1st round votes||%||2nd round votes||%||Notes|
|2017||4th||Vuk Jeremić||206,676||5.66||—||—||Independent candidate; support|
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