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Serbia Poll Runner-up Jankovic to Form Political Movement

Former Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic will try to capitalise on his second place in the presidential elections by setting up a political movement to oppose the poll winner, PM Aleksandar Vucic.

Filip Rudic
BIRN
Belgrade
Sasa Jankovic announces the launch of his movement. Photo: Milos Miskov/Beta

Former Ombudsman and runner-up in the April 2 presidential elections, Sasa Jankovic, announced on Thursday that he intends to launch his own opposition political movement, which he said will be formally registered in the coming days.

“This will be a complex political organisation that will include individuals, but also organisations that participated in my [presidential election] campaign,” Jankovic said at a press conference.

He accused Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic of “suspending democracy” in Serbia, saying that he won the elections through manipulation of the media and state institutions.

Jankovic, who ran on a civic liberal platform in the elections, added that his movement will participate in all future polls, but denied that he will run for the office of Belgrade mayor in a vote that should be held in 2018.

He said that the opposition Democratic Party, which supported his presidential bid, will not be a part of his new movement, but will “run in a parallel direction, guided by the same values”.

He also denied that another opposition presidential candidate, Vuk Jeremic, will lend him support, saying that there are no plans for them to join forces.

Jankovic won 16.37 per cent of the vote in the presidential elections, coming well behind Vucic on 55.06 per cent.

His work as Ombudsman, a position he quit in order to run for office, earned him a reputation as a critic of Vucic’s government.

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