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Serbian Prime Minister: President agreed to postpone election

December 14, 2019

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Branabic said Saturday that she personally asked Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to postpone the election date as much as possible but in accordance with the law and the Constitution.

Brnabic added that the president was against it, but that he accepted her request.

Speaking at a press conference, she noted that Vucic felt it was better for the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) to have the election as soon as possible and that it was better for the citizens, but that they wanted to meet part of the opposition and MEP's demands.

She explained that calling the elections was the exclusive right of the President of Serbia and that she sought the postponement as a show of goodwill to the opposition so they would have extra time, but added that a nine-month delay was not in accordance with the Constitution.

The Prime Minister said that since the beginning of the EU-mediated inter-party dialogue, the Government did everything the partners or the opposition asked for. According to her, improving the election conditions is not an empty promise, but that there are 17 recommendations from the dialogue that are yet to be implemented and that more than 70 percent of earlier recommendations have been fully implemented.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a552369/Serbian-Prime-Minister-President-agreed-to-postpone-election.html

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