Nikolic waits for government's proposal to dissolve assembly

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said on Wednesday that he will call early parliamentary elections as soon as the government sends such a request.

Source: B92, Beta, RTS, Tanjug
(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

After attending a ceremony to mark Military-Medical Academy (VMA) Day, Nikolic, when asked by reporters when this might be, replied: "Ask the government."

When a B92 reporter asked whether he expects this to happen to be send by the end of the week, the president said, "It should."

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic late on Tuesday announced in an interview he would send an explanation to Nikolic to dissolve the assembly. Nikolic should then sign a decree on the dissolution and call elections.

Provincial and local elections should be held on the same day.

Early parliamentary elections will be held in Serbia most likely on April 24, Prime Vucic told state television RTS.

Vucic said that the government would send an explanation to Nikolic "within the next two days," who will decide on a date.

"Serbia must be united. I want to set clear goals for the citizens, our duty is to show what our road to the future will be in the next four years," Vucic said.

According to him, the goal to achieve "European standards within four years," adding there would be "no compromise when it comes to the future of Serbia."

According to Vucic, the elections will be a referendum on whether Serbia will be a modern European country in 2020 and whether we want the future or the past, the government's website reported.

He noted that the 22 months, during which he held the office of the prime minister, have not been easy, but that Serbia has been stabilized and saved from bankruptcy and that his government, "despite the fact that it was facing bankruptcy, it managed to cope with the catastrophic floods in May 2014 and the recent migrant crisis and it managed to achieve a lot because all were united."

"The government was also faced with instability in the region, but nevertheless managed not only to halve the deficit, but also to create chances for a better future, to pull the country out of recession and to secure growth in the next three to four years," Vucic said, adding that "Serbia’s vital interests have been defended everywhere in the world."

"Thanks to our policy (UN) Security Council did not declare us a genocidal people, and we managed to win in the imposed customs war with Croatia, and to preserve the national interest on the occasion of Kosovo’s application for UNESCO membership," he said.

He added that during the mandate of this government only two countries recognized Kosovo - Antigua and Barbuda and the Solomon Islands - "unlike some great patriots during whose time 80 or 90 countries did that."

According to Vucic, the main objectives in the coming period will be to improve education, and medical facilities and health care.

As for the migrant crisis, he said:

"When it comes to the whole territory of Serbia, including Kosovo, I am quite certain that there will be no big problems for the Republic of Serbia."

He at the same time rejected the possibility of the country becoming "a collection center" for migrants from the Middle East.

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