Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia


The Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia (Serbian: Покрет обнове Краљевине Србије, romanized: Pokret obnove Kraljevine Srbije; abbr. ПОКС or POKS) is a minor monarchist and conservative political party in Serbia,[3] founded in 2017 after a split within the Serbian Renewal Movement (Srpski pokret obnove; SPO). The party's leader is Žika Gojković.

Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia
Покрет обнове Краљевине Србије
PresidentŽika Gojković
Founded3 June 2017
Split fromSerbian Renewal Movement
HeadquartersBulevar Despota Stefana 80, Belgrade
Ideology
Political positionRight-wing
National affiliationNational-Democratic Alternative
National Assembly
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Assembly of Vojvodina
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Website
www.poks.rs

History


The Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia was formed on 3 June 2017, shortly after Gojković and others were expelled from the SPO after recommending that party leader Vuk Drašković step down from his position to become an honorary president.[4][5] The new party was registered on 17 July 2017, and Gojković was chosen as its leader on 15 October 2017.

Prior to the split, Gojković was one of three SPO members serving in the national assembly. All three had been elected in the 2016 Serbian parliamentary election on an electoral list led by the Serbian Progressive Party, and all served in caucus with the Progressives. After leaving the SPO, Gojković remained a member of the Progressive caucus and indicated his continued support of Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić.[6]

On 12 October 2017, the Christian Democratic Party of Serbia (Demohrišćanska stranka Srbije; DHSS) merged into the POKS. President of the DHSS Olgica Batić stated full support for the Movement's primary goals - traditional values, preserving the family, the fight for Serbian farmers and the full membership of Serbia in the European Union.[7]

The POKS briefly gained a second assembly member in May 2018, when independent delegate Nada Kostić, who had been elected on the Enough Is Enough list, joined the party.[8] Shortly thereafter, she left the POKS to once again sit as an independent member.[9]

The POKS contested the 2020 Serbian parliamentary election in an alliance called For the Kingdom of Serbia with smaller groups including the Monarchist Front and the Movement of Serbian Monarchists. Gojković was the list bearer, although he agreed to have Ljubinko Đurković appear ahead of him in the first position.[10] The list narrowly missed the electoral threshold to win representation in the assembly.[11]

When the POKS was established in 2017, all three SPO members in the Assembly of Vojvodina joined the new party.[12] The POKS subsequently won five seats in the 2020 Vojvodina provincial election. Its leader in the provincial assembly is Goran Ivančević.[13]

On 26 January 2021, POKS and the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) signed an agreement on joint action and agreed on a joint political-program platform called the National-Democratic Alternative.[14] In early May, the National-Democratic Alternative was transformed into a pre-electoral coalition.[15]

Ideological position


The POKS is generally further to the right than the SPO on issues of cultural identity. When the POKS was formed, founding member and former parliamentarian Mirko Čikiriz accused SPO leader Vuk Drašković of singling out crimes by Serb forces during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s and ignoring the crimes of other sides.[16] In the 2020 provincial election, Goran Ivančević described migrant refugees in Serbia as a "security threat" and said that the country should close its borders to refugees, including those whom he described as "jihadists."[17]

Electoral performance


Parliamentary elections

National Assembly of Serbia
Year Leader Popular vote % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalition Status
2017 Žika Gojković Split from SPO
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1 Around SNS gov′t support
2020 85,888 2.67%
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1 With MF-MMS no seats
2022
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NADA

References


  1. "Serbian authorities to start a parallel inter-party dialogue without EU mediation". European Western Balkans. 9 April 2021.
  2. "POKS: Srbija da ne učestvuje u dijalogu u Briselu". danas.rs (in Serbian). Danas. 28 September 2020.
  3. Nordsieck, Wolfram (2020). "Serbia". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. "Isključeni funkcioneri SPO prave novu stranku", N1, 3 June 2017, accessed 22 April 2019.
  5. "Žika Gojković: U Pokret obnove Kraljevine Srbije prelazi 80 odsto SPO-a", Blic (Source: Beta), 5 June 2017, accessed 19 October 2017.
  6. "Pokret obnove Kraljevine Srbije izabrao rukovodstvo", N1, 15 October 2017, accessed 19 October 2017.
  7. "DHSS kolektivno pristupila Pokretu obnove Kraljevine Srbije". Danas (in Serbian). 12 October 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  8. Ušla u Skupštinu kao član DJB, preko DS postala član POKS, N1, 15 May 2018, accessed 16 May 2018.
  9. "I Žika ostao bez Nade", Novosti, 30 May 2018, accessed 3 July 2018.
  10. "Командант Кошара на челу листе За Краљевину Србију", Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia, 1 March 2020, accessed 19 August 2020.
  11. Monarhisti ipak ispod cenzusa i posle ponovljenih izbora, Danas, 2 July 2020, accessed 18 August 2020.
  12. "ŽELE OBNOVU KRALJEVINE SRBIJE: Otcepljeni nose mandate SPO", Novosti, 13 June 2017, accessed 19 March 2021.
  13. Assistant professor Goran Ivančević PhD, Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, accessed 8 April 2021.
  14. "DSS i POKS potpisali Sporazum o zajedničkom delovanju". www.danas.rs (in Serbian). Danas. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  15. "DSS i POKS potpisali koalicioni sporazum". rs.n1info.com (in Serbian). N1. 6 May 2021.
  16. "Čikiriz: Nismo za politicko oceubistvo, osnivamo svoj pokret", Blic (Source: Tanjug), 6 June 2017, accessed 18 August 2020.
  17. Коалиција ЗА КРАЉЕВИНУ СРБИЈУ (ПОКС, Монархистички фронт, Српски покрет монархиста) – Жика Гојковић, Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia, 28 May 2020, accessed 26 August 2020.