Opposition parties gather in Belgrade – Unanimous declaration on election boycott

The leaders of Serbia’s opposition formally marked the beginning of their campaign for the boycott of the forthcoming general elections in Serbia, saying they would fight for the fair vote and the change of the system, and then joined demonstrators in the street, the Beta news agency reported on Saturday.

Dragan Djilas, the leader of the Party of Freedom and Justice, said that those who would take part in the ballot in spring “work to the benefit of the head of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (and the head of state) Aleksandar Vucic.”

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“The only name that will appear on those (electoral) lists will be ‘Vucic’ and the only name of those people who will enter the Parliament is ‘Vucic’,” he said.

The leader of the People’s Party Vuk Jeremic said that “in healthy countries, people were not divided to ‘we and they’, while that was the case in Serbia as a result of the totalitarian regime.”

“Remember, whatever he (Vucic) does or says, stay at home on the election day. Don’t give your vote to anyone, either at general, local or provincial election, because a total boycott is the only way,” he said.

Bosko Obradovic, the leader of the Dveri movement requested “immediate resignation of Vucic and (Prime Minister Ana) Brnabic”, since they “have never won in free and fair elections.”

Following their gathering, the opposition leaders joined a civil protest in the street which continued with the traditional Saturday’s walk and ended outside the state RTS TV building in downtown Belgrade.

(Nedeljnik, 01.02.2020)






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