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The Croatian Peasant Party
Croatian Peasant Party
(Croatian: Hrvatska seljačka stranka or HSS) is a centrist[3] political party in Croatia
founded on December 22, 1904 by Antun and Stjepan Radić
Stjepan Radić
as Croatian Peoples' Peasant Party (HPSS). Brothers Radić considered that the realization of Croatian statehood was possible within Austria-Hungary, but that it had to be reformed into a Monarchy divided into three equal parts – Austria, Hungary, Croatia. After the creation of Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1918, Party requested for the Croatian part of the Kingdom to be based on self-determination. This brought them great public support which columned in 1920 parliamentary election when HPSS won all 58 seats assigned to Croatia. In 1920, disgruntled with a bad position of Croats in the Kingdom, Party changed its name into Croatian Republican Peasant Party (HRSS) and started advocating secession from the Kingdom and the establishment of "peaceful peasant Republic of Croatia". On 1923 and 1925 election, HRSS doubled the number of won votes, and has thus become the second largest party in the Parliament. In 1927, faced with a constant prosecution by the regime, HRSS was forced to soften its policy, change its name into Croatian Peasant Party (HSS), recognize the Vidovdan Constitution
Vidovdan Constitution
and form a coalition with Serbian People's Radical Party. This resulted in HSS losing its popularity which was seen in 1927 election when it lost almost third of votes won in the previous elections. After termination of the coalition agreement with the Radicals, HSS formed Peasant-Democratic Coalition with Pribičević's Independent Democratic Party. In 1928, Vladko Maček
Vladko Maček
become the new president of HSS after the assassination of Stjepan Radić. After King Alexander declared dictatorship in 1929, HSS was banned and its members prosecuted. HSS participated in the 1935 and 1938 election as a part of the United opposition coalition which helped it to regain its influence. In 1939, Cvetković–Maček Agreement
Cvetković–Maček Agreement
helped in the establishing of the HSS-governed Banovina of Croatia. After the establishment of Nazi-puppet state, the so-called Independent State of Croatia
(NDH) in 1941, HSS was banned once again, with half of its members joining either Ustaše
or Partisans, and part staying loyal to Maček who believed that the victory of Allies would bring liberal democracy into Croatia
and that HSS would return to power. In May 1945, Maček left the country, while HSS split into two fractions which boycotted the 1945 election because of their opposition to the Communists. During the period of SFR Yugoslavia
SFR Yugoslavia
(1945–1991), HSS was active abroad. On May 25, 1991, HSS was restored under the leadership of Drago Stipac at the so-called Assembly of Unification. The party first entered Government after 2000 elections, on which it participated as part of liberal coalition (HSS-IDS-HNS-LS-SDA), with Ivica Račan
Ivica Račan
(SDP) serving as Prime Minister and its president Zlatko Tomčić as Parliament Speaker. After HSS lost 2003 election, it moved to the opposition. In 2007 election, HSS formed yet another liberal coalition (HSLS-PGS-ZDS-ZS) and eventually ended up leading Ministries of Tourism and Agriculture in the Cabinet of Ivo Sanader
Ivo Sanader
II, and Ministries of Tourism and Regional Development in the Cabinet of Jadranka Kosor. In 2011 election party won only 1 seat in the Parliament as has moved to the opposition. In 2015 election HSS won 1 seats as part of the conservative Patriotic Coalition, and supported Tihomir Orešković
Tihomir Orešković
as Prime Minister. In 2016 election, HSS won 5 seats as part of the liberal People's Coalition.


1 History

1.1 Austria-Hungary 1.2 Kingdom of Yugoslavia 1.3 World War II
World War II
and afterwards 1.4 Modern party

2 Election history

2.1 Parliamentary 2.2 Presidential 2.3 European Parliament

3 Party presidents

3.1 Honorary presidents

4 See also 5 References 6 Bibliography 7 External links

History[edit] Austria-Hungary[edit] The Croatian People's Peasant Party (Hrvatska pučka seljačka stranka) was formed on December 22, 1904 by Antun Radić
Antun Radić
along with his brother Stjepan Radić. It participated in the elections for the first time in the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia
Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia
in 1906, winning no seats. Despite this, they entered the parliament in subsequent elections. In 1908 the party won three seats, in 1910 nine seats, and in 1911 eight seats. While Croatia
was still part of Austria-Hungary, HSS sought for greater autonomy, peasants' rights and land reform. Kingdom of Yugoslavia[edit]

Antun Radić Stjepan Radić

After World War I
World War I
and the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, the HSS garnered significant popular and electoral support for its advocacy of an independent Croatian state, and its opposition to the creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
(which actually meant joining together the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs
State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs
with the Kingdom of Serbia) which the party claimed would be dominated by Serbs. Despite the party's efforts, the kingdom was established, and the HSS became an opposition party in parliament. Although popular among its constituency, the party's weakness was its limited national appeal and its ethnic and economic-based constituency. The HSS advocated a federal state in which Croatia
would be afforded equal status vis-à-vis Serbia, and the party platform still called for greater Croatian autonomy and eventually independence. With that goal in mind, the HSS renamed itself the Croatian Republican Peasant Party until the royal authorities forced the party to remove the word "Republican" in 1925 because of its anti-royalist connotation.

Stjepan Radić
Stjepan Radić
at the assembly in Dubrovnik

In the early 1920s the Yugoslav government of prime minister Nikola Pašić used political and police pressure over voters and ethnic minorities, confiscation of opposition pamphlets[4] and other measures of election rigging to keep the opposition, mainly the Croatian Peasant Party and its allies, in minority in Yugoslav parliament.[5] Pasic believed that Yugoslavia should be as centralized as possible, creating in place of distinct regional governments and identities a Greater Serbian national concept of concentrated power in the hands of Belgrade.[6]

Photograph of the shootings of HSS representatives by Puniša Račić

As the opposition, the party's strategy was to boycott parliamentary sessions which not only allowed Serb politicians to further consolidate power, it also created political instability and hostility. On June 20, 1928, Puniša Račić, a Serbian ultra-nationalist, was offended by a comment made by HSS deputies during a parliamentary session, shot and mortally wounded Radić and several other HSS deputies on the chamber floor. King Alexander subsequently proclaimed a royal dictatorship on January 6, 1929. Soon after the country was renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
and all political parties were banned. Some political freedoms were restored in 1931 and the HSS, led by Vladko Maček, once again was in opposition. Maček showed great organisational abilities and political skill, which resulted in HSS gathering support from all classes of Croatian people, as well from followers of almost any ideology. HSS also became umbrella for almost all opposition party in Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Although HSS-led coalition lost 1938 elections, it remained force to be reckoned with and in August 1939 Cvetković-Maček agreement led to creation of semi-autonomous Banovina of Croatia
under HSS rule. At the same time, HSS returned to royal government. Ivan Šubašić
Ivan Šubašić
of the HSS became head of the Banovina as ban. In the 1940 local elections, HSS independently or in a coalition won a total of 564 out of 625 municipalities where elections were held. World War II
World War II
and afterwards[edit] The party's fortunes declined precipitously with the outbreak of World War II and the German invasion in April 1941. Some party members were divided among those who sympathized with the Croatian fascist Ustasha independence movement, and those whose left-leaning beliefs led them to join the Partisans. But the vast majority of HSS supporters remained passive and neutral for the duration of the war as the Ustasha, the communist Partisans and the royalist Chetniks
fought for control. After the communist victory, the Communist Party of Yugoslavia established one-party rule — the HSS, along with other political parties were declared illegal.[citation needed] In 1947, HSS joined the International Peasants' Union. Maček represented the HSS in exile until his death in 1964. Juraj Krnjević took over as leader until his own death 1988, only a year before the HSS could resume its work within Croatia. Modern party[edit] With the advent of multi-party system in 1990, the HSS was reconstituted and on the 1990 election won several seats in the Croatian Parliament. They remained in opposition until the 2000 elections when they received three ministerial portfolios as part of their participation in the winning Social Democratic Party of Croatia-led coalition. On elections 2000 HSS led center coalition alongside with IDS-HNS-LS and Coalition won 25 seats in parliament with 17 seats for HSS (16 domestic and one minority seat). After the elections HSS formed coalition with SDP and had three ministers in government (education, agriculture and entrepreneurship), vice president of government and Speaker of Croatian Parliament, Zlatko Tomčić. On local elections 2001. HSS achieved its best results ever and won 8 out of 21 county prefects (župan) and lot of municipalities and towns and became party which was second in number of local elected officials. Today, the HSS considers itself among other center European political parties that advocate pro-agrarian policies and greater economic interventionism by the state. On social matters the HSS is largely conservative, supporting a Christian-based morality in public life. HSS is an associate member of the European People's Party
European People's Party
(EPP). At the elections in November 2003, the party won 7.2% of the popular vote and 10 out of 151 seats (nine domestic seats and one minority seat). Before the 2007 parliamentary elections, HSS announced a coalition with opposition parties Alliance of Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Croatian Social Liberal Party. The coalition received 6.5% of the popular vote and 8 out of 153 seats (six for HSS itself). After elections they became part of Ivo Sanader's governing coalition and received two ministerial portfolios (regional development and tourism), vicepresident of government and vicepresident of Parliament. On 2011 parliamentary elections party score worst result in party's history receiving only one parliamentary seat and 3% of popular vote. Party convention 28 January 2012 elected Branko Hrg as new President. In 2014. Croatian Peasant Party
Croatian Peasant Party
in coalition with Croatian Democratic Union won one seat in European Parliament
European Parliament
– Marijana Petir. However, in June 6, 2017, Petir was expelled from Croatian Peasant Party, which left the party without seats in European Parliament.[7] Election history[edit] Parliamentary[edit] The following is a summary of HSS's results in parliamentary elections for the Croatian parliament. The "Total votes" and "Percentage" columns include sums of votes won by pre-election coalitions HSS had been part of. After preferential votes were introduced into the electoral system, the total votes column includes the statistic of the sum of votes given to HSS candidates on the coalition lists. The "Total seats" column includes sums of seats won by HSS in election constituencies plus representatives of ethnic minorities affiliated with HSS.

Election In coalition with Votes won (Coalition totals) Percentage Total seats won (HSS only) Change Government

August 1992 None 111,869 4.25

3 / 138


October 1995 HNS-IDS–HKDU–SBHS 441,390 18.26

10 / 127

7 Opposition

January 2000 HNS–IDS–LS–ASH 432,527 14.70

17 / 151

7 Government

November 2003 None 177,359 7.20

10 / 151

7 Opposition

November 2007 HSLS-PGS 161,814 6.50

6 / 153

4 Government

December 2011 None 71,450 3.00

1 / 151

5 Opposition

November 2015 Patriotic Coalition 744,507 (23,423[8]) 33.46

1 / 151

Government support

September 2016 People's Coalition 636,602 (33,514) 33.82

5 / 151

4 Opposition

Presidential[edit] The following is a list of presidential candidates who were endorsed by HSS.

Election year(s) Candidate 1st round 2nd round

# of overall votes % of overall votes # of overall votes % of overall votes Result

2000 Stjepan Mesić
Stjepan Mesić
(HNS) 1.100.671 41.3 (#1) 1.433.372 56.01 (#1) Won

2005 Stjepan Mesić
Stjepan Mesić
(IND.) 1.089.398 48.92 (#1) 1.454.451 65.93 (#1) Won

2009-10 None

2014–15 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
(HDZ) 665.379 37.22 (#2) 1.114.945 50.74 (#1) Won

European Parliament[edit]

Election In coalition with Votes won (Coalition totals) Percentage Total seats won (HSS only) Change

April 2013 HSLS 28,646 3.86

0 / 12

May 2014 HDZ–HSP-AS 381,844 41.4

1 / 11


Party presidents[edit]

Stjepan Radić
Stjepan Radić
(1904–1928) Vladko Maček
Vladko Maček
(1928–1964) Juraj Krnjević (1964–1988) Josip Torbar (1988-1991) Drago Stipac (1991–1994) Zlatko Tomčić (1994–2005) Josip Friščić
Josip Friščić
(2005–2012) Branko Hrg (2012–2016) Krešo Beljak (2016-)

Honorary presidents[edit]

Josip Torbar Stjepan Radić Neda Prpić-Gamiršek

See also[edit]

Croatian Peasant Party
Croatian Peasant Party
(Bosnia and Herzegovina) Slovene Peasant Party


^ "Hrvatska seljačka stranka - HSS". digured.srce.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2017-06-08.  ^ "RADIKALNI POLITIČKI ZAOKRET BELJAKOVOG HSS-a, STRANKA IMA NOVU STRATEGIJU 'Zbogom demokršćanstvu, mi smo progresivni liberali'".  ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130407065714/http://www.hss.hr/files/Osnovne%20odrednice%20programa%20HSS.pdf ^ Balkan Politics, TIME Magazine, March 31, 1923 ^ Elections, TIME Magazine, February 23, 1925 ^ The Opposition, TIME Magazine, April 06, 1925 ^ " Marijana Petir izbačena iz HSS-a". Index.hr (in Croatian). 6 June 2016.  ^ Suzana Barilar (13 November 2015). "Preferencijalni glasovi". Jutarnji list
Jutarnji list
(in Croatian). 


Stallaerts, Robert (2010). Historical dictionary of Croatia. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-271-01810-0. 

Petrić, Hrvoje (2015). "O braći Radić i počecima Hrvatske pučke seljačke stranke/About Radić brothers and the beginnings of the Croatian People's Peasant Party". Matica hrvatska. 

Dragnich, Alex N. (1983). The First Yugoslavia: Search for a Viable Political System. Hoover Press. ISBN 978-0-8179-7843-3. 

External links[edit]

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Government (61)

Croatian Democratic Union (56) Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats
Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats

Government support (16)

Independent Democratic Serb Party (3) Croatian Christian Democratic Party
Croatian Christian Democratic Party
(2) Croatian Social Liberal Party (1) People's Party - Reformists (1) Bandić Milan 365 - Labour and Solidarity Party
Bandić Milan 365 - Labour and Solidarity Party
(2) Croatian Democratic Alliance of Slavonia and Baranja
Croatian Democratic Alliance of Slavonia and Baranja
(1) Independent (6)

Opposition (74)

Social Democratic Party of Croatia
(36) Bridge of Independent Lists (15) Croatian Peasant Party
Croatian Peasant Party
(5) Civic Liberal Alliance
Civic Liberal Alliance
(4) Human Blockade (3) Istrian Democratic Assembly (3) Let's Change Croatia
(3) Independents for Croatia
(2) Power - Party of People's and Civic engagement (1) Croatian Party of Pensioners
Croatian Party of Pensioners
(1) Independent (1)

European Parliament

Croatian Democratic Union
Croatian Democratic Union
(4) Social Democratic Party of Croatia
(2) Istrian Democratic Assembly (1) Civic Liberal Alliance
Civic Liberal Alliance
(1) Croatian Conservative Party
Croatian Conservative Party
(1) Independent Davor Škrlec
Davor Škrlec
(1) Independent Marijana Petir (1)

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Party Presidents

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Günther Oettinger
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