Civic Democratic Forum


The Civic Democratic Forum (Serbian: Грађански демократски форум, romanized: Građanski Demokratski forum; abbr. ГДФ or GDF) is a liberal political party in Serbia. It was founded in 2019 by former members of Movement of Free Citizens. It has no representatives in the National Assembly, since it was founded after the last parliamentary elections in Serbia.[1] It has positioned itself as an opposition to government led by Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). However, GDF often criticizes other opposition parties.

Civic Democratic Forum
Građanski demokratski forum
Грађански демократски форум
PresidentZoran Vuletić
FounderAleksandar Olenik
FoundedMarch 2, 2019 (2019-03-02)
Split fromMovement of Free Citizens
HeadquartersBirčaninova 2A, Belgrade
Ideology
Political positionCentre to centre-left
National Assembly of Serbia
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Assembly of Vojvodina
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City Assembly of Belgrade
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Website
gdf.rs

History


When Saša Janković resigned as President of Movement of Free Citizens, candidates for his successor were actor Sergej Trifunović and Aleksandar Olenik. The interim president was Rade Veljanovski. When Trifunović won with 60% of the vote, Veljanovski, Olenik, and several other members left the movement. On 2 March 2019, they formed Civic Democratic Forum.

In April they formed signed an cooperation agreement with Party of Modern Serbia.[2] Together they issued a statement in which they present a solution for Kosovo. Their stance is that Serbia should exchange territories with Kosovo and recognize its independence.[3]

On 5 February 2020 GDF, Party of Modern Serbia and League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina formed European block.[4] European block together with newly formed organisation Serbia 21 (former members of SDS, LDP and DS) will participate in 2020 Serbian parliamentary election in a pro-european coalition United Democratic Serbia.

The party keeps close ties to the Together for Serbia political party and its leader Nebojša Zelenović.[5]

Presidents of the Civic Democratic Forum


# Portrait President
(Born-Died)
Term start Term end
1 Aleksandar Olenik
(1973–)
2 March 2019 3 October 2020
2 Zoran Vuletić
(1970–)
3 October 2020 Incumbent

Electoral performance


Parliamentary elections

National Assembly of Serbia
Year Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Coalition Government
2020 30,591 0.95%
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UDS Extra-parliamentary

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