Serbian opposition leader Dragan Djilas warned on Thursday that the opposition has to adopt a united stand on future elections or suffer defeat.
He told the latest issue of Belgrade weekly NIN that the opposition has to stand united and not stand in elections on several tickets, claiming that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) would have lost at the Belgrade city elections if the opposition had been united on a single ticket.
“If people had seen that things could change, more voters would have turned out and the victory would be convincing. We have seen 100 times that we loose if we go in several columns,” Djilas said.
He said there would be politicians who want the opposition to run at elections in two columns claiming that there are people who don’t want to vote for someone or another. “In a liberation movement you don’t ask who is next to you, you fight for freedom. We are fighitng for freedom here, for a return of democracy. If anyone believes we should go ahead in three, four, five columns … nothing will happen. Why doesn’t Vucic stand in five columns? The people opposed to a joint stand should think about that,” he said.
Djilas recalled that the so-called Agreement With the People, which the opposition Alliance for Serbia offered to its supporters, includes a boycott of elections if they are not free and fair. “I didn’t launch anything (a new debate on the boycott). I just recalled what is in the Agreement which was signed by 200,000 people,” he said.
Asked to comment statements by Democratic Party (DS) MP Natasa Vuckovic about the opposition returning to parliament, he said that nothing had changed. “Are the media free? Are people being harassed? Will be there be no voting under duress? As for the statements by DS MPs, that is up to the DS,” he said.