Jankovic resigns to run for president

Serbian ombudsman, Sasa Jankovic announced on 7th February that the had stepped down from his ombudsman position in order to run for Serbian president.

“I have decided to run in order to reinstate the purpose of the institution of president and to be guarantor that we will serve the citizens, not one man,” Jankovic told reporters in Belgrade’s Pionirski Park.

Jankovic added that eight parties and movements had endorsed him so far, and that he expected to win.

Asked whether he expected support from any other parties and individuals, Jankovic said he expected the support of all people who had adopted the value system of honouring constitutionally guaranteed human rights, which was what he stood for.

Jankovic urged people to cast their ballots and said turning out was very important so institutions could again perform their functions.

To the question whether he would be ready to back Vuk Jeremic if he did not make it into the second round of the election, Jankovic replied that everyone ran to win, and that he would speak about the matter when the time came. Jankovic also said he felt Jeremic was certainly in the group of opposition candidates, but that, if he thought they were very politically similar, he would have supported him even now.

About his work to date, Jankovic said he was proud of the thousands of resolved cases, but also of having shown that institutions could earn the trust of the people and that institutions “can be built up too,” not just torn down.

(Beta, 07.02.2017)


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