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JUL declared itself to be a party of all "left-wing and progressive forces that believed that the general interest always comes above private interest", including communists, socialists, greens[5], social democrats, and democratic socialists.[4]


The party was formed in 1994 by merging 19 left-wing parties, led by the League of Communists – Movement for Yugoslavia (SK-PJ). It was led by Mirjana Marković, originally holding the title of President of the Directorate.

Unlike the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) and its ally the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro (DPS) which were direct descendants of the League of Communists of Serbia and Montenegro respectively, the Yugoslav Left was an all-Yugoslavian party with members from both constituent bodies.[6]

Despite these differences, the JUL and the SPS collaborated closely. The JUL generally did not take part in elections separately. Several members of the SPS crossed the floor to JUL at some stage.[7]

On 24 and 25 March 1995, the party held its 1st Congress at the Sava Center in Belgrade, and theatre director Ljubiša Ristić was elected President.[8]

In 1996, the JUL joined the Left Coalition with the SPS and New Democracy. Following the 1997 election, the party had 20 MPs and representatives in various local assemblies. It held five ministerial posts in the second cabinet of Mirko Marjanović.

At the 2nd Congress in Kragujevac on 6 April 2002, Marković was elected President of the Yugoslav Left.[9]

It had a minimal presence in Montenegrin politics. At its peak, the JUL was part of the Patriotic Coalition for Yugoslavia in the 2002 election with the People's Socialist Party of Montenegro, and the Serbian Radical Party. The coalition won less than 3% of the vote and no seats.

In the 2003 election in Serbia, the JUL received only 0.1% of the vote.[10]

The party officially ceased to exist on 12 April 2010. Its properties and some activities are carried on by the Better Serbia non-governmental organization, led by Dragana Kuzmanović-Janičić.[11]

International cooperationEdit

The JUL visited the gatherings of several left-wing political groups in Europe and worldwide. It held ties with the Communist Party of China, the Communist Party of Cuba and the Workers' Party of Korea.[7]

Voter baseEdit

Its social base was mainly amongst peasants and pauperized workers, but it also had members from the so-called nouveau riche of Serbia during Slobodan Milošević's terms in office, and many high-ranked civil servants and army staff. During the 1990s, opponents of Milošević's government sometimes referred to the JUL "a branch of Communist Party of China in Yugoslavia".[7]

Presidents of the Yugoslav Left (1994–2003)Edit

No. President Birth–Death Term start Term end
1 Nenad Đorđević 1949– 23 July 1994 25 March 1995
2 Ljubiša Ristić 1947– 25 March 1995 4 April 2002
3 Mirjana Marković 1942–2019 4 April 2002 23 February 2003
(de facto)

Electoral resultsEdit

Serbian Parliamentary electionsEdit

Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalitions Government
1997 1,418,036 34.26%
20 / 250
  20 Left Coalition government
2000 14,324 0.38%
0 / 250
  20 non-parliamentary
2003 3,771 0.09%
0 / 250

Montenegrin Parliamentary electionsEdit

Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalitions Government
1996 1,668 0.55%
0 / 250
1998 345 0.10%
0 / 250
2001 190 0.05%
0 / 250
2002 9,911 2.84%
0 / 250
  Patriotic Coalition for Yugoslavia non-parliamentary


  1. ^ Steele, Jonathon (2000). "Yugoslavia's hated regime crumbles". Guardian. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ Breuilly, John (2013). The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism. OUP Oxford. p. 527.
  3. ^ Golubović, Zagorka (2003). Politika i svakodnevni život: Srbija 1999-2002. IFDT. p. 225.
  4. ^ a b Janusz Bugajski. Political Parties of Eastern Europe: A Guide to Politics in the Post-Communist Era. Armonk, New York, USA: The Center for Strategic and International Studies. p. 407.
  5. ^ Vulić, Zorica (8 April 2000). "Ko je ovaj čovek: Vladimir Štambuk" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  6. ^ Yugoslav Left leader: "All people in Yugoslavia should live together"[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "Yugoslav Left". Free Serbia. 10 December 1999. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  8. ^ Thomas 1999, pp. 225-6.
  9. ^ "MIRJANA MARKOVIC IZABRANA ZA PREDSEDNICU JUL-A" (in Serbian). B92. 6 April 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  10. ^ Broad Left entry on JUL Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Mira Marković danas nema šanse kao politički lider". Srbija Danas. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2018.