Serbian Progressive Party

Српска напредна странка
Srpska napredna stranka
PresidentAleksandar Vučić
Deputy PresidentJorgovanka Tabaković
Vice PresidentsMarija Obradović
Marko Đurić
Miloš Vučević
Milenko Jovanov
Parliamentary leaderAleksandar Martinović
FoundersTomislav Nikolić
Aleksandar Vučić
Founded21 October 2008; 11 years ago (2008-10-21)
Split fromSerbian Radical Party
HeadquartersPalmira Toljatija 5, Belgrade
Membership (2019)730,000[1][2][3]
IdeologyRight-wing populism[4][5]
National conservatism[6]
Economic liberalism[7]
Big tent[8]
Political positionCentre-right[10]
to right-wing[11][12][13]
National affiliationFor Our Children
European affiliationEuropean People's Party (associate)
International affiliationInternational Democrat Union
Colours     Blue
National Assembly
188 / 250
Assembly of Vojvodina
65 / 120
City Assembly of Belgrade
64 / 110
Party flag
Flag of the Serbian Progressive Party

The Serbian Progressive Party (Serbian: Српска напредна странка, romanizedSrpska napredna stranka; abbr. СНС or SNS) is a right-wing populist[14][15][10] political party in Serbia.

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.[16]


Tomislav Nikolić and Aleksandar Vučić at the SNS founding convention on 21 October 2008.

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[17] left and formed the Forward Serbia parliamentary group. The SNS was founded and held its first congressional meeting on 21 October 2008.[18]

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 2011, the SNS formed a pre-election coalition with New Serbia, the Strength of Serbia Movement and the Movement of Socialists to participate in the 2012 election.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21] Vučić was the only candidate who ran for the party leadership, and was elected on 29 September 2012, with Jorgovanka Tabaković as his deputy.[22]

In December 2012, the People's Party led by ex-Mayor of Novi Sad Maja Gojković, merged into the SNS.[23]

The Serbian Progressive Party maintains cooperation with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, Fidesz, Freedom Party of Austria[24] and United Russia party.[25] 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.[26]

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.[27]

On 2 April 2020, Twitter announced that they removed 8,558 accounts that promoted the ruling Serbian Progressive Party and Aleksandar Vučić, but also that they criticized the opposition.[28][29]

Presidents of the Serbian Progressive Party (2008–present)

No. President Birth–Death Term start Term end
1 Tomislav Nikolić Tomislav Nikolić 2012.jpg 1952– 21 October 2008 24 May 2012
2 Aleksandar Vučić[nb 1] Aleksandar Vučić 2019 (cropped).jpg 1970– 24 May 2012 Incumbent

Electoral performance

Parliamentary elections

National Assembly of Serbia
Year Leader Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalition Government
2008 Tomislav Nikolić Split from Serbian Radical Party
21 / 250
Increase 21 opposition
2012 940,659 24.05%
58 / 250
Increase 37 PS government
2014 Aleksandar Vučić 1,736,920 48.35%
128 / 250
Increase 70 BKV government
2016 1,823,147 48.25%
93 / 250
Decrease 35 SP government
2020 1,953,998 60.65%
158 / 250
Increase 65 ZND government

Years in government (2012–)

Presidential elections

President of Serbia
Year Candidate 1st round popular vote % of popular vote 2nd round popular vote % of popular vote
2012 Tomislav Nikolić 2nd 979,216 25.05% 1st 1,552,063 49.54%
2017 Aleksandar Vučić 1st 2,012,788 56.01% N/A

Positions held

Major positions held by Serbian Progressive Party members:

President of Serbia Years
Tomislav Nikolić 2012–2017
Aleksandar Vučić 2017–
Prime Minister of Serbia Years
Aleksandar Vučić 2014–2017
Ana Brnabić 2017–
President of the National Assembly of Serbia Years
Nebojša Stefanović 2012–2014
Maja Gojković 2014–
Governor of the National Bank of Serbia Years
Jorgovanka Tabaković 2012–
President of the Government of Vojvodina Years
Igor Mirović 2016–
Mayor of Belgrade Years
Siniša Mali 2014–2018
Zoran Radojičić 2018–

See also