Sanda Raskovic Ivic, vice president of the opposition Popular Party (NP), has compared the upcoming Belgrade elections with the Battle of Stalingrad. She has described the ongoing campaign as the fight between David and Goliath, which means a fight between the opposition parties and the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) led by the Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic.
“In the political sense, Belgrade elections are what the Battle of Stalingrad was in the World War II. They (elections) will decide the destiny of this horrifying regime of the Progressives”, Raskovic Ivic told Danas daily, adding that SNS “is the champion in polarizing people”.
In the elections scheduled for April 4, NP supports Dragan Djilas who runs for Belgrade mayor. Djilas, former Democratic Party (DS) leader, was the city’s mayor from 2008 to 2013.
NP is led by Vuk Jeremic, former Foreign minister and ex-president of the UN General Assembly.
“They (SNS) do not rule as statesmen, but rather like a wild group of hooligans; that explains so much aggression and hatred they have spread throughout Serbia”, said Raskovic Ivic, who is a psychiatrist by profession. “But we believe in the intellect, common sense and the courage of the people”.
When asked to comment Vucic’s personal involvement in Belgrade elections, she said: “It is completely dishonest that the president, who should be the leader of all the citizens, fights against the opposition ahead of the Belgrade polls. By acting like this, Aleksandar Vucic has showed that he has no capacity of a statesman, but only the capacity of the party boss which leads a permanent campaign”.
Raskovic Ivic labelled Vucic as the expert for propaganda and smearing campaigns. “Everybody who represents even the slightest danger (against the regime) is being thrown into the mud and accused of being a criminal. And they gave no evidence of such accusations”, she stressed.
Raskovic Ivic claimed that Vucic appears in 80 percent of what media cover and present on national TV channels.
Referring to the recent killing of Oliver Ivanovic, the Serb opposition leader in the north of Kosovo, Raskovic Ivic, who is the former president of the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija, said that “it was a professionally planed execution”. “Our intelligence agencies have failed. And Vucic had been the head of these intelligence agencies for years”, she concluded…/IBNA
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