Deputy PM: Serbia’s opposition wants to change regime, but fears elections

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Source: Tanjug/Sava Radovanović

The opposition finds hundreds of reasons not to face the citizens, while it intends to replace current authorities, Zorana Mihajlovic, Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister, has said on Friday, the Beta news agency reported.

She told the Belgrade Politika daily she favoured an early vote as the most honest way for people to value both the authorities and opposition.

„Their (the opposition leaders) goal is either to ban people from expressing their will or to change the legitimate authorities in a revolution,” Mihajlovic said.

Commenting on the anti-government rallies across Serbia, she said the dissatisfied people protested, partly financed by the opposition, whose leaders “are banned from addressing” the crowds.

The anti-government protest started in Belgarde on December 8, went on every Saturday and in the meantime spread to over 50 places in Serbia, under the #1 in 5 million slogans with the crucial demand for President Aleksandar Vucic to resign.

The opposition leaders walk with the crowd but don’t speak to them.

The Alliance for Serbia (SzS) grouping drafted the so-called Agreement with the People including  demands heard during the protests.

In what observers see as an answer to the demonstrations, Vucic has launched his The Future of Serbia campaign earlier this week, touring the country’s districts, presenting people with the Government results and reminding them of the previous regime’s mistakes and describing the opposition leaders as “thieves.”

He denies his campain is presidential or an introduction to early elections.