Socialist People’s Party of Montenegro
Published 17th September, 2012
The Socialist People’s Party of Montenegro or SNP was founded in 1997 as a splinter group of the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro (DPS). They describe themselves as centre-left and believe in Social Democracy and Serbian-Montenegrin unionism. They are pro-European Union and vowed to depose the ruling DPS-SDP coalition.
In the 1998 general election as a new party they won 29 of the 78 seats in the Skupština Crne Gore or parliament and became the second largest party in the parliament.
In 2001 they formed the ‘Together for Change’ coalition with the People’s Party of Montenegro (NS) and the Serbian People’s Party of Montenegro (SNS) and were successful in matching the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro (DPS) on 33 seats. Although they tried to form a government they were unsuccessful and a fresh election was held in 2002.
In the 2002 election the coalition managed only 30 seats and dropped back into opposition. In 2006 they fared even less well and managed just 11 seats in the 81 seat parliament. The coalition fell soon after and in 2009 the SNP stood on its own once more. This time they took 16 seats in the 81 seat Skupština Crne Gore making it once more the second largest party in the parliament.