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Serbia’s New President: Who Will It Be?

Eleven men are competing to become Serbia’s head of state, promising higher living standards, life without fear and an end to party employment - but whether something will really change remains to be seen.

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28 Mar 17

Serbian PM Mulls Kosovo Visit amid Election Uncertainty

Serbia’s Prime Minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic is set to visit northern Kosovo, where locals hope for a chance to vote fairly.

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March 28,2017

After Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Serbian tabloids are awash with headlines promoting the close ties between the two leaders.

"Serbia and Russia together make new howitzer", "Putin's open support to Vucic", "Putin, (you are) the king. (Putin) wants powerful Serbia", "Putin: all for Serbia", are among the titles.

During their meeting, in which they discussed economic relations and defence cooperation, Putin also wished Vucic, who is the presidential candidate of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, good luck in the April 2 elections.

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March 27,2017

The Kremlin has no intention to interfere in the upcoming elections in Serbia, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, Russian Tass agency reported.

The Kremlin spokesman thus commented on a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic scheduled for March 27.

Vucic is paying a visit to Russia a week before the Serbian presidential elections on April 2. The Serbian premier is the main contender for the post of the head of the Serbian state.

"No doubt, there can be no talk that the Kremlin interfered in any electoral processes," Peskov told journalists.

"Russia and Serbia have a special nature of mutual relations and it determines a high pace of maintaining a political dialog at the highest level," he said.

 

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Vucic Team Use Arrests Ahead of Serbian Election

Grand mass roundups of criminals, staged ahead of elections, have become a trusted marketing instrument for Serbia’s ruling Progressive Party.