New signs of early elections in Serbia

New signs of early elections in Serbia

Belgrade, September 28, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Milos Mitrovic

The head of ruling Serbian Progressive Part y (SNS) parliamentary club has supported “the idea” of calling elections on all levels. The final decision would be made by Prime Minister and SNS leader AleksandarVucic who enjoys the highest support among citizens, Zoran Babic said today.

The general elections in Serbia were held in 2014, while polls in Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and presidential elections were conducted in 2012.

On Saturday, Interior Minister and SNS high official Nebojsa Stefanovic said that elections should be called. “I dare to suggest so to Prime Minister”, Stefanovic said.

Stefanovic reacted on “numerous demands of parties” for early polls, stressing that Vucic should “grant” them elections. Surveys and recent local elections results suggest the dominance of SNS.

Stefanovic also replied to Democratic Party’s (DS) opposition to Belgrade Waterfront, a luxurious and residential project in Belgrade run by investor from United Arab Emirates.

The construction of Belgrade Waterfront started on Sunday by laying the foundation stone for two residential towers in Belgrade downtown. At the same time, DS protest was prevented by the police.

On the other hand, co-ruling Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) believe there’s no need for early voting. “It is necessary to preserve political stability in the country”, head of SPS parliamentary group argued today.

“The stability is precondition for both further progress of Serbia and implementation of successful reform processes”, Djordje Milicevic told journalists in Parliament.

“The government of Serbia enjoys the huge support of citizens, as well as serious political legitimacy and recognizable results… We strive for regular electoral cycles and, on the other hand, the government which achieves the results in the interest of citizens should not waste its time”, Milicevic said.

Considering elections in Province of Vojvodina, Milicevic stressed they should be organized as soon as possible in order to “put an end to… the irresponsible policy of provincial government (led by DS)”.

Last month, Serbian media reported that Vucic “seriously thinks about early elections”.