The mayor of Novi Pazar, Hihat Bisevac, fired his assistant Emir Asceric, appointed by the Democratic Action Party (SDA), for having written on his Facebook profile that the visit of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to Novi Pazar the day before yesterday, during which 13 new respirators were delivered to the city hospital, represented a form of “a brutal political campaign”.
The mayor said that every individual has the right to say what they wanted and when they wanted, but that it was inappropriate to do so in the position of deputy mayor and thus mislead the public.
“It is unacceptable for anyone to politicize any effort to overcome the current situation, which is why this morning I made the decision to dismiss Emir Asceric from his post of the deputy mayor, in accordance with the Articles of Association of the Town of Novi Pazar,” Bisevac said yesterday.
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He then said that Vucic’s visit “has meant a lot to Novi Pazar in these difficult times” and added that those who did not understand that “are certainly not well-intentioned and just serve to belittle this very significant action and use it for their own petty purposes”.
In accordance with the previously signed coalition agreement, Bisevac invited the SDA party to appoint another candidate.
“Novi Pazar, as well as the whole world, is trying to overcome one of the biggest crises in its history. That’s why I think this is neither the time nor the place for a political conflict. This is the time when we must all unite to defend the city and save the lives of all our people,” said Bisevac.
Asceric, who is president of the SDA youth association, was appointed deputy mayor of Novi Pazar in April 2017, when his party officially became part of the city’s government.
(Novi Magazin, 07.04.2020)
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