Ahead of the spring general and local elections, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic has announced the dismissal of at least a half of the cabinet members, mostly members of his ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), but did not name any of them,
In what Vucic’s political opponents have already branded “a functionary campaign,” he only said that the current ministers would be replaced with younger people, without saying why or who would go, or who those young officials would be.
Vladimir Djukanovic, an SNS official, predicted a while ago that the ‘victims’ could be the ministers from the ruling coalition parties.
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Vucic, however, did not mention anyone, as he hadn’t done before when ahead of the elections or the principal party meetings in 2012, 2016 and earlier this year promised big purges.
Analysts say the latest move could be understood as an attempt to motivate traditionally passive young voters amid the opposition campaign for the election boycott, but also to inspire his aides to work better.
But how did the Serbian President come to the conclusion that half of the government, whose successes he had praised earlier, be removed?
“To start with, the president of the largest party would like to motivate his closest aides to make sure they will present their results more visible in the campaign. Besides, that is a message to SNS voters that no-one is irreplaceable,” Boban Stojanovic from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade says.
“If we look at various surveys about how many young people want to leave this country, we can understand why young people are now a campaign topic and why they will continue to be so in the future. Young people are often the most inactive voters, and it seems to me that he wants to address them with the aim of stimulating them to vote,” says Stojanovic.
Aleksandar Vucic also said that there are many officials in the party who only show up when the news is positive, and not when they know they would be subjected to strong criticism. As positive examples, he cited Vladimir Djukanovic, Maja Gojkovic, Aleksandar Martinovic and Vladimir Orlic.
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