LDP wants twice as many votes in next elections

BELGRADE -- Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Čedomir Jovanović has said that the most rational solution is to hold parliamentary elections in April 2012.

Čedomir Jovanović (Tanjug, file)
Čedomir Jovanović (Tanjug, file)

“The right moment for the elections was missed when Mlađan Dinkić removed himself from the government,” he pointed out.

“Instead, they chose a year-long torture and the most rational thing to do now is to have elections in April. Provided that the government does not fall in some new tug of war in the fall,” the LDP leader told daily Večernje novosti.

“Each coalition member’s ability to cause chaos should not be underestimated,” he was quoted as saying.

When asked whether the EU candidacy is the only thing that prompted the government to call the elections at the last moment, Jovanović said that “the government has no idea to go to the elections with, so Europe and the candidacy have become a sterile buzzword for them”.

“This has its price. We are the only country that tried to join the EU whose citizens’ readiness to vote for it is rapidly declining even before the negotiations started. Nobody in the Serbian politics is interested in that,” he explained.

The LDP leader told the daily that he would take part in the elections with his own list and that his ambition was to win twice as many votes and mandates.

“Order of steps is clear for us – first an agreement with citizens, a clear and achievable plan, getting support and only then talks with parties, after the elections,” he stressed.

“Separate elections have sense if a year and a half or two years pass between them. Two kinds of elections in four months – local in September, parliamentary in April and presidential in the end of 2012, would only mean that we have wasted another year with endless campaigns that would definitely disgust people’s every thought of policy and their role in it,” Jovanović said.

When asked what he would do if he had to choose between Democratic Party (DS) leader Boris Tadić and Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leader Tomislav Nikolić’s government, he replied that “key values that we can cooperate on are well known”.

“That’s implementation of a clear European policy with a change of Kosovo policy, new policy in the region, a realistic epitome of Vojvodina’s autonomy, affirmation of human and minority rights… We are going to the elections with that program and those are the only ideas we can bring to the next government,” the LDP leader pointed out.

“Therefore, a quick NATO accession, linking Serbia to the EU, our economy’s transformation, professionalization and privatization of public companies, state’s obligation to pay its bills in time, establishing equality in the energy agreement, opening up the market for credible investors,” he concluded.