There is no dilemma who is going to be the new mayor of Belgrade. Doctor Zoran Radojicic, head of the children hospital at Tirsova Street, will be appointed the new mayor, while Goran Vesic, the current city manager, will be his deputy.
This is what the SNS leader and Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic has proposed. The idea will be officially presented to the head of the SNS Belgrade branch, Nebojsa Stefanovic at the party’s session. Radojicic was the first candidate on the SNS’s list at the Belgrade election on 4th March, at which the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) got 44.99% votes.
An SNS source of the Blic says: “- Radojicic was the top pick, and it is only fair to tell people that there won’t be any more candidates for the position. Secondly, we promised that we would go with fresh faces, but it is also important that they possess experience. Also, it’s good to have familiar faces in the city government too, so Vesic and Andreja Mladenovic will assist Radojicic. Vesic will most likely be in the position of deputy mayor, while Mladenovic is most likely going to be appointed an assistant mayor. There will also be new faces, like the former basketball player Goran Grbovic, who will also become a member of the city administration. All of this will be discussed at the party session where the final decision will be made.”
Apart from Radojicic and Vesic, who were also thought to be mayoral candidates, Sinisa Mali’s favourite, the president of the municipality of Savski venac, Irena Vujovic was also considered.
“Many thought that she was the ideal solution for that position because she had the backing of the entire party. However, the party’s management argued that although Irena had a bright future ahead of her, she still lacked more knowledge and experience, which she would acquire in the next two or three years”, the source adds.
The the new mayor was one of the biggest unknowns on the Serbian political stage at the moment. When it was announced that he would be the first candidate for this position if he joined the SNS election list, Radojicic revealed had no dilemma to back the Aleksandar Vucic – Because We Love Belgrade candidate list while also announcing the launch of the Tirsova 2.
As the reasons why he should become the new mayor, Radojicic said he highly valued hard work and knew how to recognize people who were selflessly striving to create.
“In that sense, I recognize the energy of Aleksandar Vucic and his sincere desire to make Serbia a more beautiful and better place for its citizens. My father worked in a mine and as an extremely diligent man, he managed to finance my studies and help me to become what I am today. My parents believed in me and tried to give me chance to realize my potential. As a father of two sons, I will not stand aside at one moment and wait for others to fight for their future and the future of other children. Maxim Gorky said: “Children will be our judges tomorrow”, said Radojicic.
Voting on Thursday, 7th June
The new mayor will be elected at the City Assembly meeting scheduled for 7th June. The SNS, with 64 MPs, has an absolute majority, and is supported by 8 MPs from the SPS-JS coalition.
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