Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s President, announced late on Sunday he would not lead the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) as of next year, since “a man should know when to go,” the Beta news agency reported.
He added he could keep the post for the next ten years because no political opponent could come close to him in the period, but that would “withdraw earlier.”
Speaking to the state RTS TV, Vucic said he did not “underestimate” anyone, but was only referring to the results.
„As far as my withdrawal is concerned, there is no doubt that as of next year someone else will lead the SNS,“ he said, adding he already had announced he would not run for the post at the next party‘s elections and „that‘s not a secret.“
„A man should know when it‘s time for specific changes, and not identify himself with the state and think it is there for him only,“ Vucic told RTS.
Vucic told RTS on Monday that Emmanuel Macron, the French head of state, would stay in Serbia for two days and that he wouldn't visit any other regional country, adding it showed great attention he paid to Serbia.
French President, who Vucic described as the leader of the future," is due in Belgrade on July 15.
Asked how his withdrawal might affect the party due to the political weight he carried, Vucic said he would help the SNS.
„I think that is the best political party, and I‘ll try to help it win general elections,“ he added.
Addressing the issue of Kosovo, the President said that „everyone will give their lives for Kosovo, but no one wants to live there.“
He said that a solution to the problem was “primarily the issue for the Serbs and Albanians.”
“If they (the international community) had left us alone, there was a possibility that we could have agreed on something. But, the problem is that neither Kosovo nor former Yugoslavia was an issue for those who live there,” Vucic said.
He added he wouldn‘t see as his defeat if during his mandate Kosovo remained unsolved, but that he would like a permanently established peace with the Albanians.
„The situation with Kosovo is absurd… It‘s a place for which everyone would give life, but almost no one would live there. That speaks about our paradoxes and the ridiculous situation, “ Vucic said.
He added the essence of politics was “to take matters in our own hands,”