Social Democratic Party (Serbia)

Social Democratic Party
Социјалдемократска странка
Socijaldemokratska stranka
President Boris Tadić
Headquarters Belgrade, Serbia
Ideology Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation Progressive Alliance[1][2]
National Assembly
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The Social Democratic Party (Serbian: Социјалдемократска странка / Socijaldemokratska stranka, SDS) is a parliamentary political party in Serbia. The party was founded and is headed by Boris Tadić, who was previously president of the Democratic Party and the former President of Serbia. Between June and October 2014, the name of the party was the New Democratic Party (Serbian: Нова демократска странка / Nova demokratska stranka, NDS).[3]


Tadić revealed in February 2014 his intention to secede from the Democratic Party and to form a new party to take part in the 2014 parliamentary election.[4] But, after realizing that they don't have enough time to register a new party before the election, Tadić and his supporters made a deal with the Greens of Serbia. As part of this deal, Tadić and his supporters joined the Greens of Serbia, and then on 10 February 2014 the name of the party was changed to the "New Democratic Party – Greens".[5] Although Ivan Karić was still officially president of this party, Tadić became its de facto leader.[5][6] Party then participated in the 2014 parliamentary election under that name in coalition with Together for Serbia, League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina and some other minor parties.[7] This coalition won 5.7% of the electoral vote and 18 seats in the National Assembly of Serbia.[8] Of these, 11 seats were allocated to the "New Democratic Party – Greens", but only one to the original Greens (Ivan Karić) and 10 to the group around Boris Tadić.[9]

After the 2014 parliamentary election, a divergence emerged in the "New Democratic Party – Greens" between the original Greens and group of members that joined the party with Tadić.[10] On 14 June, Tadić and his supporters decided to secede from the Greens and form "New Democratic Party" as a separate party, while the name of the "New Democratic Party—Greens" was changed back to the "Greens of Serbia".[11] In the National Assembly, 10 deputies of the New Democratic Party are part of the parliamentary group of 12 deputies together with Ivan Karić of the Greens and Blagoje Bradić of Together for Serbia,[12] and they are in the opposition to the current Government of Serbia.[13]

First internal party elections were held on 4 October 2014. Boris Tadić was elected president of the party. On the same day, the official name of the party was changed to the "Social Democratic Party".[3][14]

Presidents of the Social Democratic Party (2014–Present)

# President Born-Died Term start Term end
1 Boris Tadić 1958– 4 October 2014 Incumbent

Parliamentary elections

Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Notes Government
2014 204,767 5.70%
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Increase 9 Coalition with ZZS-LSV-ZS opposition
2016 189,564 5.02%
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Decrease 4 Coalition with LDP-LSV opposition


  1. "Seminar in Montevideo, on 22 –23 July 2014 – Expected Parties / Organisations". Progressive Alliance official web site. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. 1 2 "NDS promenila ime, Boris Tadić prvi predsednik stranke" [NDS Changed Its Name, Boris Tadić First President of the Party]. Blic. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  4. "Tadić od sutra prikuplja potpise" [Tadić Collects Signatures Starting Tomorrow]. B92. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  5. 1 2 D. - P. (21 February 2014). "Karić "šef" Tadiću" [Karić "Boss" to Tadić]. Večernje novosti. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  6. "Нова демократска странка и Зелени – изборно обједињавање снага" [New Democratic Party and the Greens - Electional Consolidation of Powers]. Greens of Serbia official web site. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  7. "LSV i stranke dogovorile blok" [LSV and Other Parties Agreed to Form a Block]. B92. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  8. "Objavljeni konačni rezultati izbora" [Official Results of the Election Published]. B92. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  9. Cvejić, B. (24 March 2014). "U parlamentu 18 stranaka" [18 Parties in the Parliament]. Danas. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  10. D. M. (7 April 2014). ""Zeleni" se cepaju zbog Tadića" ["Greens" are Tearing up Because of Tadić]. Večernje novosti. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  11. "Zeleni samostalno,NDS se registruje" [Greens Independent,NDS to Register]. B92. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  12. "Poslanička grupa Boris Tadić – Nova demokratska stranka, Zajedno za Srbiju, Zeleni Srbije" [Parliamentary Group "Boris Tadić – New Democratic Party, Together for Serbia, Greens of Serbia"]. National Assembly of Serbia official web site. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  13. "NDS: Spremni za saradnju opozicije" [NDS: Ready for the Cooperation of the Opposition]. B92. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  14. "Former president's party changes name". B92. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
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