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"Serb mayors to win in North Kosovo, and then resign again"

The Serb List has a plan how to participate in local elections in four northern municipalities, announced by Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, writes Koha Ditore.

April 11, 2019

The Albanian language daily published in Pristina says that the Serb List will participate in elections for mayors in the four Serb majority municipalities - but that mayors elected this way "will resign immediately after election (results) have been confirmed."

The newspaper described this alleged plan as "a new game" of the Serb List.

Thaci earlier this week scheduled the elections for May 19. The heads of the four municipalities resigned in November in response Pristina introducing 100 percent taxes on products from central Serbia, and also to the arrest of four Serbs Pristina suspects of killing Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic.

Representatives of the Serb List were in Belgrade on Wednesday where they met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, when they decided to participate in the elections.

Vucic said after the meeting that he told Serbs not to allow Albanians to elect their representatives with just over one percent of the vote, and added that when it comes to deciding to leave (Pristina's) institutions, they should wait until after his meetings in Berlin on April 29 and 30, when will speak with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

"I would prefer them to participate (in elections), but I did not say it to them that way," Vucic said, adding that Serb representatives would make their own decision.

Source:  https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=04&dd=11&nav_id=106601

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