Party of Freedom and Justice

The Party of Freedom and Justice (Serbian: Странка слободе и правде, romanizedStranka slobode i pravde, SSP) is a social-democratic political party in Serbia. It is led by Dragan Đilas.

Party of Freedom and Justice
Странка слободе и правде
Stranka slobode i pravde
AbbreviationSSP
PresidentDragan Đilas
Deputy PresidentBorko Stefanović
Vice Presidents
Founded19 April 2019 (2019-04-19)
Merger of
HeadquartersBelgrade
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationSSP–PSGPZP
Slogan"Može Srbija"
("Serbia Can")
National Assembly
11 / 250
Assembly of Vojvodina
0 / 120
City Assembly of Belgrade
10 / 110
Website
ssp.rs

It was founded in April 2019 after a merger of the Green Ecological Party and Serbian Left. Since its inception, it has placed itself as a major opposition political party in Serbia after leading two opposition alliances, the Alliance for Serbia and United Opposition of Serbia.

HistoryEdit

Background and foundationEdit

The predecessors to the SSP were the Green Ecological Party and Serbian Left.[1] The main predecessor was the Green Ecological Party, which was founded in 2008 and had been led since 2015 by Dejan Bulatović.[2][3] It was one of the founding parties of the "Civic Bloc 381" which was formed in 2018 and headed by the Movement of Free Citizens,[4] although it left the alliance in November 2018.[5] A month later, it joined the Alliance for Serbia, which was formed around Đilas in September 2018.[6] The other predecessor, Serbian Left was formed by Borko Stefanović in 2015 after leaving the Democratic Party.[7][8]

In March 2019, Đilas announced that he made an agreement to reconstruct Bulatović's party under a new name, with Đilas as the president, in order to forgo the registration process.[9] Đilas previously stated in December 2018 that he had no plans of "buying" Bulatović's party due to media speculation that arose after it joined Alliance for Serbia.[10] The founding convention of SSP was held on 19 April 2019,[11] in which Đilas was chosen as the president and Marinika Tepić, Stefanović and Bulatović as vice presidents.[11][12]

IdeologyEdit

The Party of Freedom and Justice is orientated towards social democracy,[13][14] and green politics.[15] It sits on the centre-left on the political spectrum,[16][17] and it advocates and supports the accession of Serbia to the European Union.[18][19]

During its founding convention, Đilas announced that the party will be fiscally focused towards economic prosperity and education,[11] and that they won't be ignoring the political status of Kosovo.[11]

Presidents of the Party of Freedom and JusticeEdit

No. President Birth–Death Term start Term end
1 Dragan Đilas   1967– 19 April 2019 Incumbent

Electoral resultsEdit

Parliamentary electionsEdit

National Assembly of Serbia
Year Leader Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalitions Status
2019 Dragan Đilas Party formed
2 / 250
  2 SzS opposition
2020 Election boycott
0 / 250
  2 SzS no seats
2022 520,469 13.67%
11 / 250
  11 UZPS TBA

Presidential electionEdit

President of Serbia
Year Candidate # 1st round popular vote % of popular vote # 2nd round popular vote % of popular vote Notes
2022 Zdravko Ponoš 2nd 698,497 18.84% N/A United Serbia coalition

Provincial electionEdit

Assembly of Vojvodina
Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalitions Status
2020 Election boycott
0 / 120
SzS no seats

Belgrade City Assembly electionEdit

City Assembly of Belgrade
Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalitions Status
2018 154.147 18.93%
9 / 110
  9 BP opposition
2022 195,335 21,78%
10 / 110
  1 UZPS opposition

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Formirana Stranka slobode i pravde". Danas (in Serbian). 19 April 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Registry of Political Parties" (PDF). mduls.gov.rs (in Serbian). Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ "'Zelene' stranke u Srbiji: Ujedinjavanje i umrežavanje pred izbore". Radio Slobodna Evropa (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Formiran Građanski blok 381". Danas (in Serbian). 5 November 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Zelena ekološka partija napustila Građanski blok 381". N1 (in Serbian). 5 November 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Zeleni pristupili Savezu za Srbiju". Danas (in Serbian). 4 December 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Stefanović zadržava mandat". NOVOSTI (in Serbian). Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  8. ^ Gedošević, Blic, Tanjug, L. "Borko Stefanović napustio DS: "Sve najbolje im želim"". Blic.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  9. ^ Miloš, Miljković (11 March 2019). "Zelena ekološka partija menja ime u Stranka slobode i pravde, Đilas predsednik". Danas (in Serbian). Retrieved 27 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Dragan Đilas o Savezu za Srbiju i Zelenima". N1 (in Serbian). 4 December 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  11. ^ a b c d "Osnovana Stranka slobode i pravde Dragana Đilasa". Radio Slobodna Evropa (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  12. ^ Insajder. "Osnovana Stranka slobode i pravde, predsednik Dragan Đilas". Insajder (in Serbian). Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  13. ^ Nadjivan, Silvia; Maximilian Schubert, Lucas (15 June 2020). Parliamentary elections in Serbia. politische-akademie.at. Renner Institute, IDM, Politische Akademie.
  14. ^ Stojanović, Marija (25 May 2021). "Evropski socijalisti žele "jaku" socijaldemokratsku opciju u Srbiji". danas.rs (in Serbian). Danas.
  15. ^ Cvetković, Ljudmila (10 May 2021). "Deo opozicije po prvi put kritikuje vlast u Srbiji zbog Kine" (in Serbian). Radio Free Europe.
  16. ^ "EP-facilitated Dialogue in Serbia: First meetings concluded, possible arrival of MEPs in June". europeanwesternbalkans.com. European Western Balkans. 10 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Serbs mark 1,000 days from killing of moderate Kosovo Serb politician". Reuters. 12 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Đilas: Srbija je deo Evrope, zaslužuje predstavnika u Evropskom parlamentu". rs.n1info.com (in Serbian). N1. 14 June 2020.
  19. ^ Cvejić, Slobodan; Spasojević, Dušan; Stanojević, Dragan; Todosijević, Bojan (November 2020). "Electoral Compass 2020, analysis of the political landscape in Serbia" (PDF). library.fes.de. Heinrich Böll Foundation.