Aleksandar Šapić elected mayor of Belgrade for the second time

Aleksandar Šapić was appointed the new mayor of Belgrade at yesterday’s session of the Belgrade Assembly for the second time.

The 110-seat assembly elected the ruling Serbian Progressive Party’s (SNS) candidate Šapić with the votes in favour, which matches the number of councillors the coalition assembled around the SNS has in the Belgrade City Assembly.

At the vote, there weren’t many opposition representatives at the City Assembly, with a total of 81 councillors attending the session.

Both the representatives of the opposition and the public have had many complaints regarding Šapić and the Belgrade government’s work, including those that meetings were mostly held via telephone, decisions often made by overruling objections and that many contracts detrimental to the city were concluded in this way.

Šapić himself is associated with numerous scandals and has often clashed with people who have different political opinions. Allegations of bribery have been levelled against his chief of staff, while Šapić’s associate Aleksandra Čomagić is suspected of involvement in funnelling money to bogus companies.

The Go-Change Movement filed on Monday morning a criminal complaint against Šapić, his chief of staff Nenad Milovanović and another SNS member, for alleged bribery.

(N1, 24.06.2024)



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