Serbia’s citizens will vote in March or April next year in the ballot at all levels, except the presidential election, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday, but the opposition warned it would not take part in the elections if their demands for free media and fair electoral rules were not met.
Despite his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) requested an early vote, Vucic decided to call it when it was due.
The elections will be held at the state, provincial and local levels.
Dragan Djilas, one of the leaders of the Alliance for Serbia (SzS), said Vucic gave up the idea of holding early elections since the opposition clearly said it would boycott it. That, according to Djilas, could lead to the election’s disputable legitimacy.
Speaking about the Kosovo issue, Vucic said for TV Prva that he believed the demarcation with Kosovo was “absolutely the healthiest solution for Serbia and the Serbs,” but added the Serbian people would not accept it.
Speaking about the forthcoming UN Security Council session on Kosovo following Pristina’s special police raid in the north, Vucic said the UN SC sessions were always important because of “the status issue”, but added that a Paris meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the beginning of next month was more critical.
He reiterated he was not sure if the meeting would take place.
Earlier, Vucic said he would not have a bilateral meeting with Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci in Bratislava on Friday.
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