Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told reporters after a meeting of his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) presidency that a decision on early parliamentary elections had not been taken but was closer than before.
According to Vucic, he was the only member of the party presidency who did not support early elections. “I abstained and we agreed that I should say in a very short time what we can do about our European path, Kosovo, big investments. We informed Prime Minister Ana Brnabic who was present at the meeting,” he said, adding that she was there even though she is not a party member to hear what SNS officials think of her government.
The president said that the opposition can’t change anything through violence but only at elections and added that the opposition “knows well that they don’t have the support of the citizens”.
Vucic said the SNS presidency had lent support to his decision not to talk to opposition leaders, adding that there can be no talks with people who are saying that they will block anyone. He said he would not accept a single demand from the opposition which is in a hurry to topple him violently because of tycoon interests.
Vucic said that the process of internal party elections would start in the SNS in September and would last till the end of the year when the ruling party’s regular assembly is to be held. He said that those elections are important to get popular support and to dismiss the party officials who did not show enough energy and diligence and whose work was not satisfactory to the people.
President Vucic said that a large gathering would be organized in Belgrade on April 19 as part of his Future of Serbia campaign, adding that this would be a gathering of normal and decent Serbia with no violence at which he will announce his plans for the future of the country. The opposition Alliance for Serbia has announced a gathering in Belgrade for April 13.
“We want significant changes in our local party infrastructure to keep the people who did a good job in every place from Presevo to Subotica,” the SNS leader said.
He said the meeting mainly discussed Kosovo which the party sees as one of the most important issues. “We are interested in Kosovo, we look into that and it is one of the most important issues. I informed the SNS Presidency members about everything that is happening in talks and after the tariffs were imposed on our goods. The crucial thing for us is to save lives and preserve the safety of our people and I am convinced that we will have KFOR support but the Serbian state will not leave its people on their own,” Vucic said.
According to the president, the tariffs imposed by Pristina can affect the GDP by up to 0.7 percent which he said is huge damage on Serbia and its citizens.