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The whole of Serbia’s opposition likely to boycott spring elections

August 23, 2019

None of the opposition organisations that took part in Friday’s meeting said it would run in the next year's general and local elections under the existing conditions, N1 reported.

The meeting’s topics were the current political situation in the country and decision on boycotting the election due in March or April 2020.

Dragan Djilas, the leader of the Party of Freedom and Justice (SSP), told reporters after the meeting that some parties had already opted for the boycott, that others would decide in the next 10-20 days, while some said they would wait until the elections were called.

„However, none of the parties is ready to take part in such elections,” Djilas said, adding the opposition leaders were aware that the decision to boycott was difficult and that there would be pressures.

“There will be pressure on people to vote, but we’re aware that no one can make us jump into an empty pool and swim,” Djilas said.

He added that every party would decide for itself about the boycott.

Zoran Zivkovic, former Prime Minister and now the leader of the Nova Stranka (New Party), said his party did not decide yet, adding it should first be clear what could be gained through boycott.

He recalled the elections in Albania boycotted by the opposition but that no one challenged their legitimacy despite a low turnout.

Konstantin Samofalov, a Social-Democrat, insisted that the boycott should be unanimous if it were to have sense.

Many agreed that the boycott was the only way to change the regime.

Srdjan Markovic, one of  #1 in 5 million anti-government protests’ organisers, said “the united opposition was President Aleksandar Vucic’s “Achilles Heel,” and that his regime could not be changed by old methods.

He said the protests’ organisers would call on all opposition organisations on September 1 to boycott the elections.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a510117/Serbia-s-opposition-likly-to-unite-in-boycotting-elections.html

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