Democratic Party of Serbia

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The Demokratska stranka Srbije ( Serbian - Cyrillic Демократска странка Србије to German Democratic Party of Serbia , abbreviated DSS ) is a political spectrum center-right is moved sovereignist party in Serbia . She was an associate member of the European People's Party until February 2012 .



The DSS was founded in 1992 after a wing of the Democratic Party split off. The split from the Democratic Party began shortly after the bloody anti- Milošević demonstration on March 9, 1991, when differences arose within the party.

The founding day was July 26, 1992. Vojislav Koštunica was appointed party president. On December 5th, the party program and statutes were established.


For the first time the party took part in the parliamentary elections in 1992. As part of the coalition with DEPOS (Democratic Movement of Serbia), she received 18 seats in parliament. Soon afterwards there were differences within the coalition on how to deal with the Milošević regime. In mid-1993 the DSS left the coalition.

In 1993, the party won seven seats in parliament in early elections. In 1996 a new coalition called Zajedno (Together) was formed. Four seats were obtained in the elections that took place in the same year.

After 2000

In January 2000 the party was a member of the DOS coalition . In the elections, this coalition won 176 seats in parliament and Vojislav Koštunica became president. Zoran Đinđić became prime minister. In August 2001, the DSS left the government coalition.

In the elections in December 2003 a coalition of the DSS won 53 seats in parliament, 5 of which went to the other coalition parties. She entered into a party alliance with the G17 Plus and the SPO - NS coalition to form the government. Vojislav Koštunica became Prime Minister.

In the early parliamentary elections in 2007 , the DSS and the New Serbia party achieved 47 seats in parliament. She formed the government with the Democratic Party (DS) and the G17 Plus . Vojislav Koštunica remained head of government.

After Koštunica announced his resignation on March 8, the party only achieved 30 seats in the parliamentary elections in 2008 and is now the opposition.


  • Arno Weckbecker, Frank Hoffmeister: The development of the political parties in the former Yugoslavia . 1997, ISBN 3-486-56336-X , p. 54

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