Belgrade Assembly to be formed today – Vučić claims SNS has majority of seats

The first meeting of the Belgrade City Assembly following the December elections is due to be held on Monday.

On the agenda is the election of a verification committee to verify the councilors’ terms of office, the election of the speaker, while the newly-elected assembly members will also vote for the city administration secretary and deputies.

The session was scheduled by the chair of the Belgrade interim city authority, Aleksandar Sapic, while the oldest candidate for councilor will preside over the session.

The ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and its coalition partner, the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), hold 54 of the 110 seats on the Assembly, two short of a majority. The opposition Serbia Against Violence coalition has 43 seats, the NADA coalition, comprising the New Democratic Party of Serbia (NDSS) and the Movement for the Restoration of the Kingdom of Serbia (POKS), won 7 seats, and We the Voice of the People won 6.

There has been speculation that one of the minor parties that have seats could side with the SNS-SPS coalition to secure a majority. The SNS-SPS coalition has held power in the Serbian capital for the past decade.

The councilors have until March 3rd to form the new city assembly, and if they fail to do so, new elections in Belgrade will be held.

Deputy President of the Freedom and Justice Party (SSP), Borko Stefanović, denied claims that the SNS has a majority in the Belgrade Assembly because, while Srđan Milivojević from the Democratic Party (DS) said yesterday that the SNS failed to secure the majority despite the electoral fraud and is now reduced to making deals with councilors from other parties.

(021.rs, 19.02.2024)

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