Serbian Fact-Checking portal investigates President

Serbian Fact-Checking portal investigates President

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The Istinomer fact-checking portal said that more than 90 percent of the statements made by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic during his first year in office were untrue.

Just nine percent of the 33 statements assessed were true, the portal, which is part of the International Fact-Checking Network, said, adding that the president fulfilled just one of his promises in that period and failed to fulfil five others.  

Two of his statements were deemed to be inconsistent.  

Vucic’s claim that Serbia would have more kilometres of highway than Croatia in 2017 was not true because official data shows that Serbia has the same length of highways as its neighbour did in 2003 and needs 550 more kilometres just to catch up, Istinomer said.  

The Serbian president said that the Serbian economy is growing at a rate higher than the European average when the country had a growth rate almost half that of the average in European Union member states. He also claimed that Serbia had the highest growth rate in the Western Balkans but Croatia, Albanian and Kosovo reported higher rates, the portal said.

Vucic said on several occasions that Serbia’s public debt was at the level of 77 percent of the GDP when he took over as Prime Minister in 2014 when the public debt was in fact 62.5 percent of the GDP and reached the level of 70 percent at the end of that year.

Vucic was also wrong to say that average salaries stood at 356 Euro when he took office when they were actually at the level of 386 Euro in 2014.

The Serbian President said that Belgrade airport reported annual profits of just 130,000 Euro before he came to power but those profits were reported for 2013 when Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) was in power, Istinomer said.

Vucic also promised that Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali would resign in 2017 as demanded following the destruction of houses in the Savamala neighbourhood but Mali remained in his post and was recently appointed Finance Minister.

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