Peasants Party of Serbia

The Peasants Party of Serbia (Serbian: Сељачка странка Србије or Seljačka stranka Srbije) was a political party in Serbia.

Peasants Party of Serbia

Seljačka Stranka Srbije
PresidentŽivko Selaković
FounderMilomir Babić
FoundedOctober 26, 1990 (1990-10-26)
DissolvedDecember 30, 2009 (2009-12-30)
Merged intoSocial Democratic Party of Serbia
HeadquartersBraće Vučković 60, Belgrade
IdeologyAgrarianism
Monarchism[1]

HistoryEdit

It was founded on 26 October 1990 in Kragujevac by Milomir Babić at which point it was called the Party of the Serbian Peasants Union.[2] In the 1990 legislative election, it won 1,1% and 2 seats in two districts. The elected MPs were Milomir Babić in Desimirovac and Ljubomir Dodić in Milutovac.[3] In the 1992 legislative election it won 2,7% and 3 seats.

During 1993 the PPS was part of the DEPOS.[4] However, it decided to run in the 1993 election alone in November 1993.[5]

In 1996 Živko Selaković was elected party president.[6] In the 1997 election it was part of an alliance around the Democratic Alternative headed by Nebojša Čović and won no seats.

Two splinter groups led by Radosav Drezgić from Dublje and Ljubomir Dodić from Milutovac ran in the 1997 election independently from Selaković's PPS. Drezgić's group won 0.05% running only in Šabac independently, and Dodić's group won 0.04% running only in Kruševac in coalition with Paroški's People's Party. Neither won any seats.[7]

In the 2000 election the PPS was part of the Party of Serbian Unity list and won one seat, awarded to Živko Selaković.

On 23 January 2003 it formed a new parliamentary group "Serbia" with the United Pensioners' Party and three former members of New Serbia.[8] One day later, the UPP withdrew from the parliamentary group.[9] It was later joined by the People's Peasant Party, which was expelled from the Vojvodina Coalition.[10] On 9 February 2003 a bomb was set outside Selaković's family home in Žarkovo. Allegedly, he had been receiving threats from Party of Serbian Unity leaders Borislav Pelević and Dragan Marković Palma. Pelević denied threatening Selaković and condemned the attack.[11][12]

On 8 October 2003, after a meeting with delegates from the Democratic Party headed by Gordana Čomić, Selaković stated that the PPS supported the government in "achieving its goals regarding reform".[13]

In the 2003 election, Živko Selaković ran on the Labour Party of Serbia list, led by the then Minister of Labour Dragan Milovanović. The list won 0,1% and no seats.[14] Another fraction of the party led by Milomir Babić, under the name Peasants Party (Serbian: Сељачка странка or Seljačka stranka), ran on the Independent Serbia list, which won 1,2% and no seats.[15]

On 30 December 2009 the PPS merged into the Social Democratic Party of Serbia and ceased to exist.[16]

Electoral resultsEdit

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalitions Government
1990 52,663 1.05%
2 / 250
  2 opposition
1992 128,240 2.71%
3 / 250
  1 opposition
1993 65,623 1.53%
0 / 250
  3 non-parliamentary
1997 60,855 1.23%
0 / 250
  DA-PPS non-parliamentary
2000 200,052 5.33%
1 / 250
  1 SSJ-PSP-UPS opposition (2000–2003)
gov't support (Oct 2003–2004)
2003 4,666 0.12%
0 / 250
  1 LPS non-parliamentary

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Babić's address at the first assembly of the DEPOS, 10 October 1992 (in Serbian)
  2. ^ Robert Thomas: Serbia under Milošević: politics in the 1990s, p. 66
  3. ^ Izveštaj o ukupnim rezultatima izbora za narodne poslanike u Narodnu skupštinu Republike Srbije 9. i 23. decembra 1990. godine (in Serbian)
  4. ^ "Former Yugoslavia: Prospects and Problems". RFE/RL Research Report: Weekly Analyses from the RFE/RL Research Institute. 1: 9. 1992.
  5. ^ Markov, Mladen (10 November 1993). "SSS samostalno na izbore - Ništa od koalicije" (in Serbian). Srpske Novine. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  6. ^ Biography of Živko Selaković, Social Democratic Party of Serbia (in Serbian)
  7. ^ Republic Electoral Commission, 1997 election (in Serbian)
  8. ^ "Formiran novi poslanički klub Srbija" (in Serbian). B92. 23 January 2003. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Berza poslanika najunosniji posao" (in Serbian). Blic. 25 January 2003. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  10. ^ Milošević, Milan (30 January 2003). "Ustavna povelja u skupštini Srbije - Svetosavska računaljka" (in Serbian) (630). Vreme. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  11. ^ Marković Subota, Tamara (9 February 2003). "Eksplozija u Žarkovu" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  12. ^ Stanković, S. (9 February 2003). "Bombaš promašio vrata" (in Serbian). Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Seljačka stranka Srbije podržava Vladu" (in Serbian). B92. 8 October 2003. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  14. ^ Labour Party of Serbia electoral list, 2003 (in Serbian)
  15. ^ Independent Serbia electoral list, 2003 (in Serbian)
  16. ^ "Seljačka stranka Srbije pristupila SDPS" (in Serbian). Večernje novosti. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2018.