Vucic says Serbia moved dramatically to the right

NEWS 04.04.2022 00:03
Source: N1

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a late night news conference on Sunday that the results of the elections showed that the country had moved dramatically to the right.

“The crisis in Ukraine had a huge effect on the results of the elections and Serbia has moved dramatically to the right,” he told reporters at the headquarters of his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). “I believe the SNS will manage to keep from going too far to the right,” he said.

Vucic said that the SNS election ticket won somewhat fewer votes because of its responsible stand and we will not form a government to be in line with the biased views of the public.

According to Vucic, there were some unnecessary and meaningless tensions over minor issues during the day but everything ended peacefully. Commenting reports of SNS activists going door to door with lists of voters, he said that was not illegal and that those people were doing the rounds of SNS voters.

Earlier in the day, an N1 reporter asked him if the day was tense and Vucic replied: “No… Is that what you’re hoping for? You’re hoping in vain”.

Commenting the election campaign, Vucic said that his election ticket and the list of candidates around opposition leader Dragan Djilas (United for Serbia’s Victory) clashed and that everyone else profited from that.

Vucic said that the data processed by the SNS showed that the turnout was around 3.8 million of a total of some 6.5 million voters. Based on the results from 80 percent of polling stations, the coalition around the SNS won 43.95 percent of the vote for parliament which will give it 124 or 125 of the total of 250 seats in parliament. “We will have a sufficient majority to form a government with the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM),” he said.

He said that United for Serbia’s Victory won 13.6 percent of the vote and that the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) won 11.4 percent. The NADA coalition won 5.3 percent, We Must (Moramo) 4.7 percent, Oathkeepers (Zavetnici) and Dveri won 3.8 percent each. The other parties, including the ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party (SRS) did not cross the 3 percent threshold required to win seats in parliament.

Vucic did not elaborate the results of the elections for the Belgrade City Assembly, saying only that his party did a little better than at the parliamentary elections, making it the single biggest party in the assembly.

Speaking about the presidential elections, Vucic said that he won 59.9 percent of the vote or about 2.5 million votes while his main rival Zdravko Ponos won 17.7 percent.