Sinisa Mali, Zoran Radojicic, Irena Vujovic, Aleksandar Antic, Goran Vesic or someone else? Who will be Belgrade mayor in the next four years is a million-dollar-question. We will have to wait for an answer until the end of April.
Immediately after announcing the election win, Aleksandar Vucic said that there was 15 days to constitute the Belgrade Assembly, and then 30 days to elect a mayor. “This means that we will have new mayor in 52 days the most”, he added.
The media have been speculating about the favourite candidates for this position and they narrowed the list down to five – Zoran Radojicic, Sinisa Mali, Irena Vujovic, Goran Vesic and current Energy Minister, Aleksandar Antic. However, the latter candidate is probably going to drop out of the race because his party ‘boss’, Ivica Dacic said yesterday that the mayor would not come from the ranks of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS).
Sinisa Mali is thought to be the favourite for a new Belgrade mayor both in the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and its coalition partners. It is a well known-fact that Aleksandar Vucic considers Mali to be a great financial expert and that Mali enjoys Vucic’s support.
Dr Zoran Radojicic, director of the city’s University Children’s Hospital and professor at the University of Belgrade’s School of Medicine and a not a member of any political party, is also being considered for the mayor position. He has always maintained that he was ready to take on a challenge of being the Belgrade mayor.
The current president of the municipality of Savski Venac, Irena Vujovic is the main pick for the mayoral position apart from Sinisa Mali. She has been a member of the SNS since its founding, and also enjoys a great support from Vucic.
Prior to the becoming the president of the Savski Venac municipality, she was assistant mayor of Belgrade. Serbia has already appointed two women to top government positions – Jovanka Tabakovic who is the Governor of the National Bank of Serbia, and Ana Brnabic, as the Prime Minister. Hence, having woman as the Belgrade mayor would not be that surprising.
Unofficial sources say that the current Minister of Energy and SPS Vice President, Aleksandar Antic could be appointed mayor but compared to other candidates, he stands little chance.
The manager of the city of Belgrade, Goran Vesic, is also among the candidates for the mayor given that he has been tirelessly promoting the results of the Belgrade government, and knows ins and outs of how the city government operates. Both the Democratic Party and the Serbian Progressive Party agree that Vesic is an excellent operative.
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