Serbian parliamentary election, 2003

Serbian parliamentary election, 2003
28 December 2003
Turnout 58.73%
Party Leader % Seats ±
SRS Tomislav Nikolić 27.62 82 +59
DSS Vojislav Koštunica 17.73 53 +8
DSGSSSDU Boris Tadić 12.58 37 -25
G17 Plus Mlađan Dinkić 11.46 34 New
SPONS Vuk Drašković 7.66 22 +14
SPS Ivica Dačić 7.62 22 -15
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Zoran Živković
Vojislav Koštunica
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Parliamentary elections were held in Serbia on 28 December 2003 to elect members of the National Assembly.[1] Serbia was one of the two federal units of Serbia and Montenegro, formerly known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Serbia had been in a state of political crisis since the overthrow of the post-communist ruler, Slobodan Milošević, in 2001. The reformers, led by former Yugoslav President Vojislav Koštunica, have been unable to gain control of the Serbian presidency because three successive presidential elections have failed to produce the required 50% turnout. The assassination in March 2003 of reformist Prime Minister, Zoran Đinđić was a major setback.

At these elections the former reformist alliance, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS), had broken up into three parts: Koštunica's Democratic Party of Serbia, late Prime Minister Đinđić's Democratic Party and the G17 Plus group of liberal economists led by Miroljub Labus.

Opposing them were the nationalist Serbian Radical Party of Vojislav Šešelj and Milošević's Socialist Party of Serbia (descended from the former Communist Party). At the time of the election, both Šešelj and Milošević were in detention at ICTY, Milošević accused of committing war crimes, Šešelj of inspiring them.

The remaining candidate was the monarchist Serbian Renewal MovementNew Serbia (SPO–NS) coalition, led by Vuk Drašković.

Following the election the three former DOS parties (DSS, DS and G17+) fell two seats short of a parliamentary majority, holding 124 seats between them. After months of coalition talks Koštunica, Labus and Drašković's parties reach an agreement with the outside support of the Socialist Party in March 2004 which enabled Koštunica of the DSS to become prime minister.[2]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Serbian Radical Party1,056,25628.082+59
Democratic Party of Serbia 678,03118.053+8
Democratic Party 481,24912.737-25
G17 Plus 438,42211.634+34
Serbian Renewal MovementNew Serbia293,0827.822+14
Socialist Party of Serbia291,3417.722-15
Together for Tolerance 161,7654.30-19
Democratic Alternative84,4632.20–6
For National Unity 68,5371.80–10
Independent Serbia 45,2111.20–7
Socialist People's Party27,5960.700
Liberals of Serbia22,8520.60
Reformists – of the Social Democratic Party of Vojvodina – of Serbia19,4640.50–4
Defense and Justice
  • Social Democracy
  • People's Party Justice
  • Party of Workers and Pensioners – PWP
  • Social Democratic Party of Greens
Business Potential of Serbia and the Diaspora14,1130.40
Labour Party of Serbia4,6660.10
Yugoslav Left3,7710.10
Alliance of Serbs of Vojvodina3,0150.10
Invalid/blank votes49,755
Registered voters/turnout6,511,45058.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Vote share
DS coalition


  SRS  (82)
  DSS  (53)
  DSGSSSDU  (37)
  G17 PlusSDP  (34)
  SPONS  (22)
  SPS  (22)


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1715 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Timeline: After Milosevic BBC News, 6 June 2006
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