Opposition drowning in vanity and problems

Tired, sleepy, somewhat lethargic and lacking in interesting ideas – this is the most fitting description of the opposition parties after the Belgrade election.

After another defeat in a series of defeats, the opposition parties focused mostly to themselves and their problems, internal reshuffling and resignations, while generally lacking in good ideas of what to do next.

Another failure was the proposal made by the former Mayor of Belgrade, Dragan Djilas, who wanted the opposition parties to gather in some sort of alliance, to counterbalance the current government. The proposal has been made over a month ago, but there have been no concrete developments regarding it as yet.

The parties that supported Djilas in the Belgrade election in March – the People’s Party and Sasa Jankovic’s Movement of Free Citizens – are still evaluating Djilas’ proposal which, among other things, envisages that the most prominent people from each opposition party should form an alliance while their functions in their respective parties should be put on a standby.

However, according to the media, very few of the party executives like the idea, with objections made to other Djilas’ proposals, so the decision on the potential alliance is still pending, with some opposition party leaders not completely rejecting it.

The current head of Novi Beograd municipality, Aleksandar Sapic immediately rejected the idea, saying that he did not see valid reason for the opposition to unite.

Other opposition leaders, namely Vuk Jeremic and Sasa Jankovic, were a bit more active. The first revealed that Aleksandar Vucic had a secret dinner with the Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci, while Jankovic was targeted both for his opinion about the Kosovo issue and pretty much everything he has said.

The Enough is Enough Movement (Dosta je Bilo – DJB) is another fail story. After the resignation of the movement’s entire leadership, there were internal elections. However, the situation is further complicated by the fact that ten members of the movement have been thrown out of the party last month, including the Vice President of the party, Aleksandar Stevanovic. In the meantime, MP Tatjana Macura decided to run for the president of the movement, which some interpreted as “stab in the back” for the movement’s current leader, Sasa Radulovic.

Boris Tadic’s party – the Social-Democratic Party – is also quiet, but its leader is rather active. He was targeted by the authorities on several occasions, mainly due to different opinions about the events in Kosovo.

The leader of Dveri, Bosko Obradovic found himself in a similar situation, and he went quiet too. Nobody can pinpoint the reason for this – is it because of the fact that he hasn’t been seen in the National Parliament for a while (because he was banned), or because of the poor results his party achieved at the Belgrade election? Also, a few days ago, Srdjan Nogo was replaced as the president of the Belgrade branch of Dveri, and the same destiny befell several members of the party’s Presidency and the Managing Board.

Executive Director of CeSID, Bojan Klacar gives his view of the situation.

“Djilas is not prominent enough, the Democratic Party has suffered a serious defeat, Jankovic does not which direction to take, and DJB is barely surviving. If we look at the situation through this context, and considering everyone’s different views on Kosovo, there is a serious question of how to proceed,” Klacar says.

According to Klacar, a rational plan is needed in order to overcome this. The opposition parties should, , find a common language in order to prevent the further defragmentation of the opposition, but they need to be politically patient, not doing things ad hoc, and operate with the future in mind.

(Blic, 09.04.2018)


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