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Divided royalists campaigning for votes in Serbia’s parliamentary elections

By Vlada Marinković - Vlada Marinković, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The 2020 Serbian parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on 21 June 2020. Initially the elections were organised for 26 April 2020, but they were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. When the Serbs goes to vote in June, they have not one, but two royalist parties to choose from. Both of the parties have the same goal; to have Crown Prince Alexander crowned King of Serbia.

The Serbian royalists are currently splitted in two. The SPO, Serbian Renewal Movement, is currently fighting over the same royalist votes with the POKS, Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia.

The logo of SPO, bian Renewal Movement. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The SPO, Serbian Renewal Movement, is a national liberal and monarchist political party established in 1990. The party currently holds two of the 250 seats in the Serbian national assembly. The party leader is the famous Serbian writer Vuk Drašković and the party has 50,000 members. POKS, Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia, was founded in 2017 after a split within the SPO.

Until 2017, the royalist movement of Serbia was united. The Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia was set up in 2017, shortly after member of parliament for the royalists Žika Gojković, was expelled from the SPO after asking party leader Vuk Drašković to step down. Also in 2017  the Christian Democratic Party of Serbia merged into the POKS.

HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia. Photo: Royal Central.

It is expected that the Serbian Progressive Party will gain more than 50% of the votes during the election in June and then be able to form a majority government alone. The Serbian Progressive Party is a right-wing populist political party.

Crown Prince Alexander is clear on his opinion that Serbia would have a lot to gain from being a full monarchy. When he talked to Royal Central on this topic in 2017, His Royal Highness said: “We notice a tremendous feeling for the history of our country. We were always a monarchy. This year (2017) we will be celebrating 800 years of monarchy. My father never abdicated in 1945. The Kingdom [of Serbia] was stolen from him on the 29th of November 1945.”

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.