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Alliance of Independent Social Democrats

Alliance of Independent Social Democrats
Савез независних социјалдемократа
Savez nezavisnih socijaldemokrata
Leader Milorad Dodik
Founded 1996
Headquarters Petra Kočića 5,
78000 Banja Luka
Ideology Social democracy[1]
Serbian nationalism[2]

National affiliation None
International affiliation None (expelled from Socialist International in 2012)
European affiliation None
Colours Red
House of Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina
6 / 42
National Assembly of the Republika Srpska
29 / 83
2,933 / 29,670
Politics of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Political parties

The Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (Serbian: Савез независних социјалдемократа (СНСД) / Savez nezavisnih socijaldemokrata, SNSD) is a Serb political party in Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded 1996. Its president, Milorad Dodik, is the President of the Republika Srpska.


The party grew out of the Independent Members of Parliament Caucus of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska to become the Party of Independent Social Democrats. The IMPC was established from the caucus of members of the Parliament of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina of Serb origin elected in 1990 from the election list of the Union of Reform Forces. These representatives joined the Serb members of the same legislative body that abandoned it in 1992, after the majority of representatives (mostly Croats and Bosniaks) decided to hold a referendum for the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina).

The Serb members of the Parliament of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the members of the IMPC established the Assembly of Serb People of Bosnia and Herzegovina, that was later renamed National Assembly of the Republika Srpska.

The absolute majority of the newly founded National Assembly of the Republika Srpska was from the Serb Democratic Party. The IMPC were the only parliamentary opposition from the founding of the National Assembly through the first post-war elections (see War in Bosnia, Dayton Agreement) in September 1996.

In December 1999 Social Liberal Party of Republic of Srpska merged into the Party of Independent Social Democrats. After local elections 2000 Nikola Špirić's Democratic party for Banjaluka and Krajina merged into it too. In 2002, it united with the Democratic Socialist Party,[3] a splinter party of the Socialist Party of Republika Srpska. After the unification, the party changed its name to Alliance of Independent Social Democrats. In August 2002 the New Labour Party of Republika Srpska merged into the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats.

The SNSD was suspended from Socialist International in 2011 for continuing to "espouse a nationalist and extremist" line.[4] It was later expelled on 4 September 2012.[5]

Electoral results

National Assembly of Republika Srpska
Election # of votes % of vote # of seats Government
1998 53.802 7.30%
6 / 83
2000 81.467 13.00%
11 / 83
2002 111.226 21.79%
19 / 83
2006 244.251 44.95%
41 / 83
2010 240.727 38.00%
37 / 83
2014 187,848 33.17%
29 / 83

Positions held

Major positions held by Alliance of Independent Social Democrats members:

President of Republika Srpska Years
Milan Jelić 2006–2007
Rajko Kuzmanović 2007–2010
Milorad Dodik 2010-
President of Republika Srpska National Assembly Years
Igor Radojičić 2006-
Prime Minister of Republika Srpska Years
Milorad Dodik 1998–2001
Milorad Dodik 2006-2010
Aleksandar Džombić 2010-2013
Željka Cvijanović 2013-
Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Years
Nebojša Radmanović 2006–2014


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  2. ^ a b "Bosnia and Herzegovina". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Political background Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
  4. ^ "SNSD suspended from the Socialist International" (in Croatian). 2011-07-02. Archived from the original on 2013-06-18. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Member Parties of the Socialist International". Retrieved 9 September 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Youth of SNSD
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