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Serbia's opposition: If regime can change threshold, it can postpone elections

January 13, 2020

Bosko Obradovic, the leader of the nationalist opposition Dveri movement, said on Monday that if the regime could lower the threshold for entering the Parliament, it could also postpone the general elections due in spring, N1 reported on Monday.

He said that the lower threshold was a result of the authorities' fear that after such elections, boycotted by major opposition parties, the only members of the Parliament would be the ruling coalition of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS).

"They came to the idea to forcibly squeeze in more than two parties, and thus pretend to have a multi-party parliamentary democracy," Obradovic said.

The other opposition leader Nikola Jovanovic, the deputy head of the People's Party, also criticised the decision on the lower threshold, saying Vucic wanted "to replace the real opposition with the false one since he realises he cannot break the opposition bloc which will boycott the forthcoming elections."

"Vucic's statement that by lowering the threshold, he wanted to return the political life into the Parliament is hypocritical and untrue. If he really wanted that, he would have enabled the free work of the institutions, the respect of law and fair and free elections," Jovanovic said.  

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a560121/Serbia-s-opposition-says-Vucic-wants-to-replace-them-with-false-opposition.html

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