Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians
The Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (Hungarian: Vajdasági Magyar Szövetség, Serbian: Савез војвођанских Мађара, romanized: Savez vojvođanskih Mađara; abbr. СВМ, SVM or VMSZ) is a regionalist political party in Serbia representing the Hungarian minority of Serbia.
|Vice Presidents||Árpád Fremond|
|Founded||18 June 1994|
|Split from||Democratic Fellowship of Vojvodina Hungarians|
|Headquarters||Trg Žrtava Fašizma 9, Subotica|
|European affiliation||European People's Party (associate)|
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Foundation and early history
The party was founded in 1994 in Senta by József Kasza and former members of the Democratic Fellowship of Vojvodina Hungarians as a citizen group which in 1995 was registered as a political party. They participated in the 1997 parliamentary election in which they won 1.23% of the vote and 4 seats in the National Assembly. In early 2000, it was one of the founding members of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) which ousted the president Slobodan Milošević later that year. In the 2000 parliamentary election they participated under the DOS coalition and the party won 6 seats in the parliament.
Post-Milošević era and leadership change
From the early 2000s, they started promoting an idea to form a Hungarian Regional Autonomy in the northern part of Vojvodina. In the 2003 parliamentary election they ended up not passing the electoral threshold with 4.23% of the vote. In 2007 they participated alone and they won 1.3% of the vote and 3 seats in the parliament. They also participated in the 2004 provincial election in Vojvodina and the party won 8.50% of vote in the one-round voting system and was part of the ruling coalition in the Vojvodina provincial parliament. In the 2004 local elections, the party won the largest number of seats in the municipal parliaments of Subotica, Senta, Bačka Topola, Mali Iđoš, Kanjiža (where Reformists of Vojvodina won same number of seats) and Čoka. In 2008, the party elected István Pásztor as their new president while József Kasza remained as the honorary president until 2010, when his membership was revoked. In 2008, they participated in the provincial election in Vojvodina, local elections and parliamentary election and they were a part of the Hungarian Coalition which won 7% of the vote in the provincial election and 1.81% and 4 seats in the parliamentary election, while in Kanjiža they won 50.91%, in Senta 31.87%, , Bačka Topola 46.25%, Mali Iđoš 37.18%, and Bečej 29.63%. Since the introduction of the multi-party system in Serbia, the mayor of Subotica was often from the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians. That has changed after local elections 2008, when Democratic Party won the largest number of votes in this city.
In 2012, they participated in the parliamentary election, local elections, provincial election and presidential election. In the parliamentary election, they won 1.75% of the vote and 5 seats in the National Assembly, in Novi Sad they won one seat while in Subotica they won 22.52% of the vote, in the provincial election they won 5.83% of the vote and 7 seats, and in the presidential election, in the first round, Pásztor won 1.62% of the vote in the first round while in the second round he supported Boris Tadić. Since the 2014 parliamentary election, they have been supporting the ruling SNS-led coalition. In 2014 they won 2.1% of the vote and 6 seats in the parliament, in 2016 they won 1.5% of the vote and lost two seats and then in 2020 they won 2.23% of the vote and got 5 more seats in the parliament.
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|Election year||#||Candidate||1st round votes||%||2nd round votes||%||Notes|
|2008||6th||István Pásztor||93,039||2.26||—||—||Hungarian Coalition|
|2017||1st||Aleksandar Vučić||2,012,788||55.10%||Government coalition|
Major positions held by Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians members:
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