Comment 19 Jun 17

Vucic Gears Up for Belgrade City Elections

Just weeks after winning nationwide presidential polls, new President Aleksandar Vucic already appears to be preparing his campaign for the all-important municipal elections in the Serbian capital.

Milenko Vasovic
BIRN
Belgrade
Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian President. Photo: Beta

While it remains unclear whether Aleksandar Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party will have a majority in parliament to approve Ana Brnabic’s appointment as the country’s next prime minister, the president seems to have already cast his eye forward to the next local elections in Belgrade.

Vucic has not set a date for these elections, which must be held by the spring of 2018, but this has not prevented him from starting work on eliminating or confusing the potential competition.

Neutralising a weak point in his own ranks, he has already forced the current Belgrade mayor, Sinisa Mali, out of the race.

At a press conference on May 3, Vucic said that “soon, Mali will no longer be mayor”, adding that he would vacate the post “far before the election, during the summer”.

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