Former FM Jeremic becomes leader of newly founded party
The People's Party (Narodna Stranka) has been founded in Belgrade; former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has been elected as the new party's leader.Source: Tanjug
At the Founding Assembly, in the presence of 352 delegates, Jeremic was unanimously elected as the party's president.
Also unanimously, the gathering elected Miroslav Aleksic as first vice president, and Sinisa Kovacevic, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, Svetozar Ciplic, Zdravko Ponos, and Nikola Jovanovic as vice presidents.
The delegates also adopted the program and the statute of the People's Party. Among the program principles are "a modern and developed economic policy, the rule of law and independent institutions, reconciliation between the national and the civil in Serbia, as well as the country's military neutrality."
The manifesto also includes a demand for depoliticization of the security apparatus in Serbia, as well as the need to adopt a law on lustration.
Speaking at the gathering, held in Belgrade's Hotel Metropol over the weekend, Jeremic promised the party would fight against the "regime" - which he described as being alienated from the people - and said the upcoming but still unscheduled local elections in Belgrade would be "a chance for the first big opposition victory since 2012."
According to Jeremic - who last year ran unsuccessfully in Serbia's presidential election - this victory will occur "if reasonable people unite."