Vucic: I will resign if we are defeated in presidential election

In an interview for TV Prva, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that if the SNS’ candidate at presidential election were defeated, that would be a signal for him to resign as prime minister.

“I can say with certainty that if our candidate at president election was defeated, none of our ministers would have to resign and the political structure would not have to change, but the defeat would certainly mean my departure”, Vučić said.

He went on to say that “some people would try to use presidential election not to win fair and square, but to bring the Serbian government down and drag the government’s good results and the country back to the rut of the past, namely the time of the hyper inflation and huge deficit”.

When asked whether the top officials from the Serbian Progressive Party would discuss their presidential candidate on Saturday, the PM just said that many things would be discussed.

“I am going to talk to the people in the party’s presidency about many other things, including their bigger involvement, because it is understandable if I have put my obligations related to the party aside for now, but it is not acceptable for others to do that”, Vucic underlined.

Speaking about the Savamala case, the PM said that the case was used as a vehicle for “exerting pressure and some people taking a lot of money from abroad in exchange for bringing the Serbian government down”.

He also said that the Savamala case had grown into something much bigger than the case itself. “Savamala has become a political paradigm, and the way and means to jeopardize Serbia’s independence”, the PM concluded.

(Blic, 11.01.2017)

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