Progressives "decided on early elections", claims daily
BELGRADE -- The largest party in the ruling coalition, the SNS, "has decided to go to early parliamentary elections this year", an article published on Tuesday claims.
Aleksandar Vučić (Beta, file)
Belgrade-based tabloid Blic is quoting unnamed sources when it writes that Serbians could go to the polls "in April or September", while the next prime minister "could be (SNS leader) Aleksandar Vučić".
The daily identified its source as being "close to the top leadership of the ruling coalition", and quoted them as saying that a final decision would depend "on the development of negotiations with Kosovo and the EU".
According to the article, if the EU decides to put new conditions related to Kosovo before Serbia, this will be a signal that the country will not receive a date for the start of its EU membership talks - "and then elections could be held in April".
If, however, Serbia were to be given that date - "which is not very likely at the moment", the newspaper noted - the voting could take place in the fall.
"If negotiations were to be opened, they will start with Chapters 23 and 23 which relate to the judiciary and fight against corruption and crime, and after that elections will be called," the source was further quoted.
They also described First Deputy PM and Defense Minister Vučić as "more than determined to go to early elections and wishing to capitalize on the popularity enjoyed by himself and his party".
The source also reportedly told the daily that Vučić was "aware that he cannot make any progress in the economy and better life with this government and ministers and that the support he has will disappear in time".
However, the source was not willing to predict "what kind of government we will have after that", but was certain that Vučić "would be the new prime minister".
utorak 8.01.2013 | 23:22 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (28) | Send comment
BELGRADE, PRIŠTINA -- All nine Serbs arrested by the Kosovo police, KPS, on Orthodox Christmas in the enclave of Gračanica have been released.
utorak 8.01.2013 | 16:47 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition LDP party leader Čedomir Jovanović believes that "society in Serbia" is not ready for possible early parliamentary elections.
utorak 8.01.2013 | 16:09 | Source: Beta, Dnevnik | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- The head of the deputy group of the SNS party in the Vojvodina assembly has said that this year will see a change of the provincial authorities.
utorak 8.01.2013 | 15:59 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Catherine Ashton "does not have her own plan for solving the situation in northern Kosovo, but relies on the European Council conclusions in her mediation".
utorak 8.01.2013 | 13:55 | Source: B92, Večernje novosti | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A meeting of the Serbian government planned for Tuesday in order to adopt a draft resolution on Kosovo and Metohija, has been postponed.
utorak 8.01.2013 | 13:42 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A session of the Serbian cabinet planned for Tuesday, that was to be attended by President Tomislav Nikolić, has been postponed for Wednesday.
utorak 8.01.2013 | 12:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that he was ready to meet with his Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanović.
utorak 8.01.2013 | 11:25 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (32) | Send comment
BELGRADE, PRIŠTINA -- Aleksandar Vulin has warned that arrests of Serbs in an enclave in Kosovo on Orthodox Christmas could adversely influence the Kosovo dialogue.