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Belgrade will hold repeat elections due to opposition protests

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The opposition coalition Serbia Against Violence called the authorities’ agreement to hold new elections a major victory.

The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) announced the first repeat municipal elections in Belgrade on December 17th. The decision was made after mass opposition protests and negative assessment of the vote by international observers. The Acting Mayor of the capital of Serbia, Aleksandar Sapić, said this on Saturday, March 2, Radio Liberty reports.

“We made a decision to our detriment, but we’re not afraid,” Alexander said.

It is known that at the beginning of November 2023, Vucic dissolved the Serbian parliament and set new elections for December 17, 2023. The last general elections in Serbia took place in April 2022, and the next parliamentary elections are planned for 2026.

Vučić’s Serbian Progressive Party won the election on December 17. However, the opposition claimed that the parliamentary elections were rigged. The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, in its report on the elections in Serbia, revealed many violations of democratic norms during the voting, especially the creation of media advantages for the ruling Serbian Progressive Party of the President Aleksandar Vucic, as well as misuse. of public funds.

On December 24, 2023, protests against the election results began in the Serbian capital Belgrade.

A new voting date must be set within 30 days.

It was previously reported that in Serbia, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of current President Aleksandar Vucic is leading the parliamentary and municipal elections.

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