Vucic: There will be no early parliamentary election

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has confirmed that an early parliamentary election would not be held simultaneously with a presidential vote, although the state leadership had announced such possibility.

Speaking for the public broadcaster, Vucic said “there are no reasons” for an early parliamentary election and Serbia is a stable democracy and a stable country with a very stable economy.”

“The presidential vote will be held shortly. Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic called local elections in a number of municipalities for April, when we will also hold the presidential election.”

Speaking of the reasons for scrapping a previously announced early parliamentary vote, Vucic said he had acknowledged “all the stakeholders and partners who understand the state, state needs and state obligations well” and that he “seriously considered their ideas and reasons for a parliamentary election,” but that there was no reason for it. “We have a stable (parliamentary) majority which is functioning well… The election for the parliament is in 2020, the next presidential election in 2022,” he recalled.

Incumbent President Tomislav Nikolic’s five-year term expires in May and the deadline for calling the presidential vote is 3rd March Vucic is the presidential candidate of the ruling coalition. His opponents are former foreign minister Vuk Jeremic, former ombudsman Sasa Jankovic, and Dveri conservative movement’s leader Bosko Obradovic.

(EBL News, 27.02.2017)

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