Rasim Ljajic: I am not going to be a minister in next government

Serbia’s Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunication, Rasim Ljajic, said on Monday that regardless of the results of new parliamentary elections or the cabinet reshuffle, he would not accept a ministerial position – the Beta news agency reported.

Ljajic, the longest-serving minister in the Government of Serbia, told the Belgrade-based Blic daily that that was his final decision.

He said he had to “draw a line somewhere,” and wanted to preserve his honesty.

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Ljajic told the daily he was tired of “operational, daily politics,” and that “the public is tired of me since I have been in politics for so long.”

He became a member of the Serbian government in 2004 and then held different ministerial posts for the next 18 years.

Ljajic has said he has not yet informed Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic of his decision.

“Of course, an additional reason is a campaign that Muarem Zukorlic and Vojislav Seselj, are conducting against me, which is something unheard of in the parliament,” Ljajic said.

Seselj accused Ljajic of being the head of one of the most influential drug cartels in Serbia.

Serbia’s Interior Ministry (MUP) denied having any indications about Ljajic’s criminal activity.

Ljajic said a lie became a legitimate tool in the political arena and added that “politics is not a competition of ideas any more, but it has rather become a flea market where you can be paid to attack political opponents and bear no consequences.”

However, he added, that he would commit himself to “further strengthening of the party (the Social Democratic Party of Serbia) and the marginalisation of Zukorlic and Seselj,

He said that in case of early elections, his party would be on the same electoral list as the ruling Serbian Progressive Party.

(Vecernje Novosti, 02.12.2018)





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