United Regions of Serbia

The United Regions of Serbia (Serbian: Уједињени региони Србије, УPC / Ujedinjeni regioni Srbije, URS) was a regionalist,[2] liberal-conservative[2] political party in Serbia. It was founded on 16 May 2010 as a political coalition, and became a unified political party on 21 April 2013.[3][4] The URS advocated decentralization and was pro-business.[5][6]

United Regions of Serbia

Уједињени региони Србије
Ujedinjeni regioni Srbije
FounderMlađan Dinkić
Founded16 May 2010 (as coalition)
20 April 2013 (2013-04-20) (as party)
Dissolved13 November 2015
Preceded byG17 Plus
HeadquartersBelgrade
Membership (2012)220,000[1]
IdeologyRegionalism[2]
Liberal conservatism[2]
Economic liberalism
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre-right
European affiliationEuropean People's Party (Associate)
International affiliationInternational Democrat Union (IDU)

The URS received 5.51% of the popular vote in the 2012 parliamentary election. Following the election, the URS formed a coalition government with the Serbian Progressive Party and Socialist Party of Serbia. On 31 July 2013 the URS was ousted from the government and became opposition.[7]

On 13 November 2015 the party was removed from the register of political parties and ceased to exist, which was controversial because the party had over a million euros of unpaid debt. It had already been defunct for more than a year, according to the former president Mlađan Dinkić.[8][9]

The URS was an associate member of the European People's Party.[10]

Electoral resultsEdit

Parliamentary electionsEdit

National Assembly of Serbia
Election # of votes % of vote # of seats +/- Notes Government
2012 215,666 5.51%
16 / 250
  16 run as coalition gov't. (–2013)
opposition (2013–)
2014 109,167 3.04%
0 / 250
  16 run as party non-parliamentary

Presidential electionsEdit

President of Serbia
Election year Candidate # 1st round votes % of popular vote # 2nd round votes % of popular vote
2012 Zoran Stanković 5th 257,054 6.58% N/A

Leadership of the United Regions of SerbiaEdit

# President Born–Died Term start Term end
1 Mlađan Dinkić   1964– 16 May 2010 18 March 2014
a Veroljub Stevanović   1946– 18 March 2014
(acting)
13 November 2015
(acting)
a Verica Kalanović   1954–

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Partijsku knjižicu ima više od milion građana". Blic (in Serbian).
  2. ^ a b c d Nordsieck, Wolfram (2014). "Serbia". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ "URS po ugledu na CDU". Politika. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  4. ^ "URS becomes party, Dinkić chosen as first leader". B92. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  5. ^ Vasovic, Aleksander (12 June 2012). "Serbia's Democrats close in on coalition government". Reuters. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Serb Socialists to form coalition". The Herald. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  7. ^ http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/naslovna/politika/aktuelno.289.html:446696-Vucic-i-Dacic--idu-dalje-nema-izbora
  8. ^ http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/naslovna/politika/aktuelno.289.html:576070-URS-se-brise-iz-registra-politickih-partija
  9. ^ http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/naslovna/politika/aktuelno.289.html:576535-Dinkic-ugasio-URS-ostao-dug-od-153-miliona
  10. ^ http://www.epp.eu/member-party-urs

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