Serbian Progressive Party
|Deputy President||Jorgovanka Tabaković|
|Vice Presidents||Marija Obradović|
|Parliamentary leader||Aleksandar Martinović|
|Founded||21 October 2008|
|Split from||Serbian Radical Party|
|Headquarters||Palmira Toljatija 5, Belgrade|
|National affiliation||SNS-led coalition|
|European affiliation||European People's Party (associate)|
|International affiliation||International Democrat Union|
191 / 250
|Assembly of Vojvodina|
76 / 120
|City Assembly of Belgrade|
64 / 110
Founded in 2008 as a split from the far-right Serbian Radical Party (SRS), the culmination of a decade-long conflict within the SRS between the party's moderate and hard-line wings, the SNS managed to retain the former's national conservative outlook, while adopting distinct pro-European policies.
This combination has transformed the SNS into the current ruling party in Serbia. As it is the senior party in the current government coalition, the party's leader Aleksandar Vučić is currently serving as the President of Serbia since 2017. As of August 2018, the party holds 96 seats in the National Assembly.
The Serbian Progressive Party was formed by a group of 21 former Serbian Radical Party (SRS) MPs led by Tomislav Nikolić. Disenchanted with the direction of the party, the pro-EU members left and formed the Forward Serbia parliamentary group. The SNS was founded and held its first congressional meeting on 21 October 2008.
Of the Serbian Radical Party's representatives elected in the 2008 parliamentary election, 21 moved to the Serbian Progressive Party, while 57 remained in the SRS.
In the 2012 parliamentary election, the party led the "Let's Get Serbia Moving" coalition and gained 55 seats out of 73 won by the coalition in the National Assembly. Party leader Tomislav Nikolić defeated Boris Tadić of the Democratic Party in the second round of the 2012 presidential election.
Following his election as President of Serbia, Nikolić stepped down as leader of the party on 24 May 2012, leaving deputy president Aleksandar Vučić in charge until a successor was elected. Vučić was the only candidate who ran for the party leadership, and was elected on 29 September 2012, with Jorgovanka Tabaković as his deputy.
The Serbian Progressive Party maintains cooperation with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, Fidesz, Freedom Party of Austria and United Russia party. On 24 April 2013 the SNS' representatives in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe joined the Group of the European People's Party.
On 18 March 2019 the Serbian Progressive Party in Belgrade signed a joint statement with the United Russia party to improve Russia-Serbia strategic partnership in the interests of both nations.
Presidents of the Serbian Progressive Party (2008–present)
|No.||President||Birth–Death||Term start||Term end|
|1||Tomislav Nikolić||1952–||21 October 2008||24 May 2012|
|2||Aleksandar Vučić||1970–||24 May 2012||Incumbent|
|Year||Leader||Popular vote||% of popular vote||# of seats||Seat change||Coalition||Government|
|2008||Tomislav Nikolić||Split from Serbian Radical Party||
21 / 250
58 / 250
128 / 250
93 / 250
189 / 250
Years in government (2012–)
|Year||Candidate||1st round popular vote||% of popular vote||2nd round popular vote||% of popular vote|
Major positions held by Serbian Progressive Party members:
|President of Serbia||Years|
|Prime Minister of Serbia||Years|
|President of the National Assembly of Serbia||Years|
|Governor of the National Bank of Serbia||Years|
|President of the Government of Vojvodina||Years|
|Mayor of Belgrade||Years|
- Acting party leader until 29 September 2012
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