The Serbian opposition has published a draft of its Agreement With the People which includes the obligation to fight for free media, fair elections and an expert government.
The signatories to the Agreement said that they are aware that “political and public life in the country have been destroyed.”
“One man has suspended the law and justice and has decided to be the law and justice himself. One man has taken over all social and natural national resources. One man, contrary to the constitution, is jeopardizing the territorial sovereignty of the state. One man is blackmailing and humiliating the entire nation. His name is Aleksandar Vucic,” they said.
The signatories added that elections have been rendered meaningless and must not be the only that the citizens can control the system and rejected the claim that politics should be separated from the people.
The goal of this Agreement between the people and politicians is to make the country a state of accountability, the rule of law and justice, a state of freedom in which European values are not trampled upon, the draft Agreement said. The signatories said that they are prepared to be in the service of the people, serve the system and not the other way around.
They said they are ready to propose new mechanisms of control and be transparent and open in all activities.
In the first reaction from the authorities, Nebojsa Stefanovic, the Interior Minister and a member to the ruling SNS party Presidency described the Agreement as “political pamphlet with a tragicomic content, confirming how unserious they are in a wish to rule Serbia.”
They proposed measures to secure the sharing of power which will not be in the hands of any one man, parliamentary majority or any single party, adding that they will continue using all available means to democratize Serbia. The Agreement obliges the signatories to disclose and review everything adopted by the current regime which could endanger state, national and economic interests.
The opposition parties said they would walk out of the Serbian parliament, Vojvodina Assembly, Belgrade City Assembly and other local assemblies in which the regime has abolished democratic principles of parliamentarism.
They obliged themselves to form joint candidate lists once they win free and fair elections along with union, expert and civil society organizations and others. “None of the signatories will form a parliamentary majority at the national, provincial or local level with the parties of the current regime,” the draft says and adds that an expert governmetn will be formed after free and fair elections.
The document also defines the obligations of the future expert government, including restoring democratic principles and the rule of law along with a division of power into legislative, executive and judiciary branches, securing the independence of the courts, prosecutors and an independent Constitutional Court along with the introduction of a special prosecutor for corruption, organized crime and influence trading, better control of budget spending by the state auditors, defining criteria for election to public office and protection of state institutions from party influence. The draft also calls for lustration and investigations into the origins of property and assets.