Where are former Serbian presidents now?

Some have completely withdrawn from politics, some have retired, some are business people, some are writing their memoirs, while some are still defiant politicians. All of them have one common denominator – they were presidents of state, be it the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia or Serbia.

The former Yugoslav president, from 1993 to 1997, Zoran Lilic is rarely seen in public. The last time he had a public appearance was at the inauguration of the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. He came to the inauguration accompanied by two of his colleagues – former Serbian presidents, Milan Milutinovic and Tomislav Nikolic.

After withdrawing from politics, Lilic turned to business. and today he is the Chairman of the Managing Board of Jubmes Bank. Back in his presidential days, Lilic was known for having an excellent relationship with the former Libyan president, Muammar Gaddafi which came in handy when he helped with the evacuation of five Bulgarian nurses who had been sentenced to death in Libya. Also, Lilic has a new, 15 years younger wife – an RTS reporter, Mira Jevtic.  

Unlike Lilic, the former Serbian president who held the office from 1997 to 2002, Milan Milutinovic is retired. But before he retired, he was indicted by the Hague Tribunal for the alleged crimes committed on Kosovo Albanians in the first half of 1999. Six years after his extradition to the Hague Tribunal (in 2003), he was acquitted of all charges. Today, he lives a quiet life and although, as the former state president, he is entitled to a car service, an office and personal security, he uses none of these.

The last president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, from 2000 to 2003, Vojislav Kostunica has also left the politics for good. He is retired, both formally and politically. He is also no longer the president of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) which he founded. Kostunica never appears in public, never gives statements for the media, and is rarely seen with his political associates. He lives in a small house near the town of Arandjelovac. and is writing his memoir.

Unlike Kostunica, the former Serbian president, who held two office terms from 2004 to 2012, Boris Tadic is still actively engaged in politics. He left the Democratic Party (DS), and founded his own – the Social-Democratic Party. Today, in the eve of the local election in Belgrade, he is trying to be a mediator between various opposition parties. Tadic does have media appearances, is active on social media, and is very defensive about the detrimental claims relating to his running of the state.

Not much is known about his personal life. He does work for Telenor as an advisor, and is a member of UniCredit Group’s Advisory Board.

The most recent former Serbian president, Tomislav Nikolic did announce his retirement, but not the withdrawal from politics. Also, nobody knows whether he is still a member of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), which he helped establish, but his absence from the official celebration of the party’s jubilee was noticeable. Although he claimed that he would retire from the politics all together, live in his country house and make rakija, none of that happened. He was appointed head of the state-run Office for Cooperation with Russia and China. Nikolic is also very active in his wife Dragica’s charity, and the media speculate that he still lives in the official president’s residence at 23, Uzicka Street in Dedinje.

(Danas, 02.01.2018)


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