Although the head of the Belgrade branch of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), Nebojsa Stefanovic said that his party would officially reveal their candidate for Belgrade mayor in late November, that hasn’t happened yet.
Sources of the Danas daily, close to the Progressives, say that the delay is caused by waiting for the former Belgrade mayor, Dragan Djilas to finally confirm whether he would run for mayor, and if he did, the SNS would launch a counter-offensive.
As it turns out, Djilas did decide to go back to politics, and it is up to the Progressives now to react. The Danas’ sources say that this ‘reaction’ would probably be in the shape of media attacks on Djilas because the Progressives are adamant of their candidate and the current Belgrade mayor, Sinisa Mali to be re-elected to this position.
Also, the Interior Minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic and Nikola Selakovic, the secretary general of the president’s cabinet, are both expected to actively participate in the SNS campaign, as is Goran Vesic, the current city manager. Other members of the SNS team for Belgrade elections include Milutin Folic, the official city architect, Aleksandar Jovic, the current president of the Belgrade municipality of Palilula, and Luka Petrovic, the city’s Secretary for Investments.
Women will not be left out of the team, according to the sources of the Danas daily. President of the Belgrade municipality of Savski Venac, Irena Vujovic and state MPs Dusica Stojkovic and Dubravka Filipovski are probably going to join in. There have been speculations that even the Serbian PM, Ana Brnabic could help out.
As for Djilas’ reasons for re-joining the political race, he says that he decided to run for the mayor “to stop the devastation of the nation’s capital city”.
The elections are supposed to take place on 11th March next year.
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