What should an ideal presidential candidate be like?

The ideal opposition candidate for the next presidential election, to be held in early April next year, should not be a politician but a public figure, have an unimpeachable biography and viable authority, and the unquestionable support of those who have chosen him as their candidate.

Just as importantly, he or she should stand for a clear idea, political vision and unity everywhere and on every occasion.

The media earlier reported that People’s Party (headed by Vuk Jeremic) and the Freedom and Justice Party (helmed by Dragan Djilas) have started negotiations to jointly participate in the parliamentary elections. Since there are also non-partisan candidates running for mayor of Belgrade and the president of Serbia, so the question is “what should the ideal candidate look like?”.

Ten months before the last elections, the founder of Nova Stranka, Zoran Zivkovic, called for the unification of the opposition and suggested that the opposition should have only one candidate for the presidency. “The candidate should commit to at least 10 years of constant activism, as well as propose an amendment to the Constitution concerning the election of the President of the Republic in parliament with clearly defined competencies”.

The question is what the ideal candidate of a ‘non-partisan’ opposition should look like. Where to find him, on the political scene or outside politics? The second option is better, according to the director of CeSID, Bojan Klacar, who argues that the candidate should be an autonomous, independent leader, and not just any candidate from the inner ranks covering the shortcomings of the parties that nominated them.

“Last but not least, to have any chance of success, the entire opposition has to back this candidate. This means that all parties and leaders must work together on promoting him or her. In practice, it would be good to emulate the political situation in Montenegro whereby the current PM Zdravko Krivokapić, was nominated by all opposition parties for that position,” Klačar explains.

The presidential elections and local elections in Belgrade will be held on 3 April next year. In the last presidential election, held on 2 April 2017, Aleksandar Vučić won with 55.08% of the vote.

(Blic, 12.10.2021)





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