Serbian ruling coalition officials differ on elections

NEWS 23.12.2019 10:07
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Source: N1

A senior official of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) told Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti on Monday that there was no reason to spoil the partnership with President Aleksandar Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).

SPS deputy leader Djordje Milicevic said that there is no room to spoil relations between the two ruling coalition parties which created a long-term, strategic partnership. “The Socialists support Vucic because they believe that is good for Serbia. We are sure that he supports (SPS leader Ivica) Dacic because he believes he is doing a job in the best interest of the state,” Milicevic said.

Milicevic’s interview to Vecernje Novosti comes after his party chief Dacic said that the SPS and SNS should stand together in the coming parliamentary elections.

SNS senior official Zorana Mihajlovic said she was not surprised by Dacic’s offer since “everyone wants to be on the winning side”. “It’s much easier and cheaper for Dacic to maintain his and the positions of his SPS comrades in that way rather than facing the electorate on their own,” the deputy Prime Minister said, adding that she isn’t surprised that Dacic’s statement came right after Vucic said that Serbia needs a wide-ranging coalition.