Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic reiterated late on Thursday he would stand down as the head of his ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) this year and hoped he would not run for the second presidential term in 2022, the news agencies reported.
Speaking to the Belgrade Happy TV, Vucic said the corona pandemic postponed some decisions, including the choice of his successor at the SNS helm.
„We will finish that this year,“ he said about his withdrawal from the post of the head of his party which had announced earlier.
„Presidential elections are in a year and a half. We will come out with our candidate, and I believe I’ll take part in choosing one who can win. I hope I won’t be that candidate and that we will find a better one,“ Vucic said.
He was elected president on May 31, 2017, for the first five-year mandate. The Constitution allows him to run for the second consecutive term.
That is not the first time that Vucic says he won’t run for office. In November 2016, he told the Zagreb Globus weekly he would not be a candidate for Serbia’s President.
In 2008, he announced the withdrawal from the post of the Secretary-General of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) and politics in general for an unspecified period following clashes within SRS highest ranks.
Soon afterwards, he and some other SRS members formed the Serbian Progressive Party.