People's Party (Serbia)

The People's Party (Serbian: Народна странка / Narodna stranka) was a political party in Serbia. Its president was Milan Paroški.[1]

People's Party
Народна странка
PresidentMilan Paroški
Founded2 Аugust 1990
(First time)
18 Аugust 1997
(Second time)
Dissolved18 December 1995
(First time)
13 April 2010
(Second time)
Merged intoDemocratic Party
(First time)
Serbian Monarchist Party "Serbian Unity"
(Second time)
Headquarters13 Pariska, Belgrade
8 Jovana Subotića, Novi Sad
IdeologyMonarchism
Serbian nationalism
Autonomism
Atlanticism
Political positionRight-wing
ColoursMaroon

HistoryEdit

In the 1990 election it ran in coalition with the Serbian Renewal Movement and won one seat in one of the districts of Novi Sad. The elected MP was Milan Paroški.[2]

On 18 December 1995 it was announced that the People's Party was merging with the Democratic Party, taking a right-wing turn under Zoran Đinđić. This proved highly controversial, and Đinđić defended the decision saying that Paroški was remembered not for his monarchism but for his strong opposition credentials.[3]

On 18 August 1997 the party split with the political council of the Democratic Party, insisting against the electoral boycott of the 1997 election.[4]

In 2010 the party merged into the Serbian Monarchist Party "Serbian Unity".[5]

PoliciesEdit

The party advocated adding religious education to schools and universities, as "the exclusion of religious education has contributed to the spiritual impoverishment of the entirety of Serbdom and the severing of ties with tradition and history".[6]

It advocated the "reconstitution of the FRY and the legally unstable position and status of Vojvodina", the relocation of the ministries of agriculture, foreign trade and international relations to Novi Sad, and the regionalization of Serbia so that the "Serbian Voivodeship, or Vojvodina, could be emancipated inside the current polity".[7]

In 2001 Paroški stated that the Serbian government should urgently submit an application to join the Partnership for Peace and subsequently NATO so that the crisis in the Preševo Valley could be resolved in Serbia's favor, citing Serbia's affiliation in the Balkan Wars as well as the First and Second World War.

He has also stated in 2001 that it is in Serbia's best interest for the Montenegrins to "leave as soon as possible". He has declared support for the peaceful dissolution of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia providing that Serbia is able to sell the submarines currently operating in the Adriatic, saying "Me, my grandfather and my father bought them, not the Montenegrins, or their fathers and grandfathers. Why should it be Milo Đukanović selling them so that they could spend the next ten or twenty years playing their gusle and benefiting from the money?".[8]

Electoral resultsEdit

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalitions Government
1990 794,789 15.79%
1 / 250
  1 SPO opposition
1992 130,139 2.76%
0 / 250
  1 Serbian Opposition (SDSSRB) non-parliamentary
1993 48,331 1.12%
0 / 250
  non-parliamentary
1997 15,232 0.37%
0 / 250
  [a] non-parliamentary
2003 68,537 1.79%
0 / 250
  For National Unity non-parliamentary
2008 3,795 0.09%
0 / 250
  People's Movement for Serbia non-parliamentary
  1. ^ In the 1997 election, the People's Party went in coalition with Ljubomir Dodić's branch of the Peasants Party of Serbia in Kruševac.

Presidential electionsEdit

President of Serbia
Election year # Candidate 1st round votes % 2nd round votes % Notes
1990 2nd Vuk Drašković 824,674 16.40% Support
1992   3rd Milan Paroški 147,693 3.13%
Sep 1997   8th Milan Paroški 27,100 0.66% Election declared invalid due to low turnout

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Thomas 1999, p. xix.
  2. ^ Izveštaj o ukupnim rezultatima izbora za narodne poslanike u Narodnu skupštinu Republike Srbije 9. i 23. decembra 1990. godine, RIK (in Serbian)
  3. ^ Thomas 1999, pp. 255–256.
  4. ^ D., V. (20 August 1997). "Odluka o bojkotu - definitivna". Naša borba. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ Vukić, Sandra. "Milan Paroški komanduje VIP seljacima" (in Serbian). Nezavisne novine. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Kapor: Čitav svet se urotio protiv Srba". e-Novine (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  7. ^ Ikonić, S. (12 September 1997). "Predsednički kandidati – Šta ko nudi" (in Serbian). NIN. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Čije su podmornice?" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. 2 March 2001. Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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