SNS official: SPS leader won’t be Serbia’s PM

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Source: Dragan Mujan /Nova.rs

Ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SPS) high official Zorana Mihajlovic said on Tuesday the leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) and SNS' coalition partner since 2012, Ivica Dacic, would not be the next Prime Minister.

Mihajlovic, current Minister of Energy and Mining, has openly been against the SNS-SPS coalition and has reiterated that stand on Tuesday, speaking to the pro-regime Happy TV.

She also said that many were leaning on SNS and Vucic’s back.

„I don’t know if I will be in a new government, but I can say with certainty that Ivica Dacic won’t be prime minister,” Mihajlovic said, adding it was time to see “who is who; who wants to work in the state interest and who speaks about it but does differently.”

"The SPS is happy, but I'm not sure they have achieved a real victory. I think they stood by and lit patriotic fires while being our coalition partners. If the state makes difficult decisions, not popular but important for the state, they should be respected," Mihajlovic said.

She referred to Serbia’s decision to join the UN resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which angered many Serbs who saw Russians as their Orthodox brothers.

“SNS would have scored better if did not make that decision, but we had in mind the interest of the state, not the party,” Mihajlovic said.

She echoed her party boss and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic’s words, who warned that the country had moved dramatically to the right, adding that many parties used the war in Ukraine to motivate more voters.

In his victory speech, he said that “with the Vojvodina Hungarians, we have more than enough” since his party did not win a majority to form its own government. Vucic did not mention either SPS or Dacic, who won more parliamentary seats than the minority party.

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Commenting on that, Dacic said the winner had the right to choose who they would be in coalition with.

The looming rift might be caused by the SPS' decision to run separately in Sunday’s general elections, which brought them higher voters' support. The party supported Vucic for president.

Mihajlovic said that only Vucic had reason to celebrate because he “made a historic result by winning two consecutive terms in the first election round.”

Commenting on SNS’ results in general elections, she said the party would have to discuss why it did worse than ever since 2012.

"I don't know if I will be in a new government, but I think I can say with certainty that Ivica Dacic won't be prime minister," Mihajlovic said, adding it was time to see "who is who; who wants to work in the state interest and who speaks about it but does differently."

"The SPS is happy, but I'm not sure they have achieved a real victory. I think they stood by and lit patriotic fires while being our coalition partners. If the state makes difficult decisions, not popular but important for the state, they should be respected," Mihajlovic said.

She referred to Serbia's decision to join the UN resolution condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which angered many Serbs who saw Russians as their Orthodox brothers.

"SNS would have scored better if did not make that decision, but we had in mind the state's interest, not the party," Mihajlovic said.

In his victory speech, he said that "with the Vojvodina Hungarians, we have more than enough" since his party did not win a majority to form its own government. Vucic did not mention either SPS or Dacic, who won more parliamentary seats than the minority party.

Commenting on that, Dacic said the winner had the right to choose who they would be in coalition with.

The looming rift might be caused by the SPS' decision to run separately in Sunday's general elections, which brought them higher voters' support. The party backed Vucic for president.

Mihajlovic said that only Vucic had reason to celebrate because he "scored a historic result by winning two consecutive terms in the first election round."

 

 

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