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Flag of DOS - Image by Mark Sensen, 10 June 2000
The Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) was the coalition led by Vojislav Kostunica, which got rid of Slobodan Milošević in October 2000 and led the country since then. Dragoljub Micunović, the DOS candidate, could not win the 2003
presidential election and was even beaten by 11% by Tomislav Nikolić,
the candidate of the extreme rightist Serbian
Radical Party. Since only 38% of the electors voted, the
presidential election was cancelled for the third time. Therefore,
the DOS was disbanded on 18 November 2003. It seems that the
disbanding was mostly decided by the Democratic
Party, the party founded by the former Prime Minister Zoran
Đinđić, murdered on 12 March 2003.
[Danas (Belgrad), as reported by Courrier International]
Ivan Sache, 5 December 2003
The DOS originally consisted of the following parties and organizations:1. Democratic Party (Demokratska stranka)
From 2001 to 2003, the following changes have happened:
The Democratic Party of Serbia left the government
in July 2001, as a protest against extradition of
Slobodan Milošević to the Hague Tribunal, and
officially left the coalition in July next year.
Socialdemocracy was pushed into the opposition in May 2001 after a split in the party, as the faction which was eventually recognized by the Supreme Court as the legitimate name bearer, was not regarded as such by the DOS, which transferred all the positions held by the party members to the other faction's adherents. That faction, having not received the legal recognition, merged in July 2002 with the Social Democratic Union into the Social Democratic Party (Socijaldemokratska partija). In March 2003, after a split in this party, the Social Democratic Union was renewed, still being a member of the DOS, while the Social Democratic Party was excluded from the coalition in November 2003, after having announced that it would support the opposition's demand for voting of the confidence to the government.
In May 2003, New Serbia was excluded from the coalition after a series of conflicts with the other members.
In 2003, New Democracy was renamed into the Liberals of Serbia (Liberali Srbije), and Association of Free and Independent Trade Unions founded the Labourist Party of Serbia (Laburistička partija Srbije), to which it transferred its membership in the DOS.
Consequently, the members of the DOS before its self-dissolution were:1. Democratic Party
Tomislav Todorović, 22 November 2005
The flag of the DOS was white with the logotype and the name of the party. All the time during the existence of the DOS, all of its members kept using their flags along with the flag of the coalition.
Mark Sensen & Tomislav Todorović, 22 November 2005