Tadić to continue to live in presidential residence

President Tomislav Nikolić said on Thursday that he "agreed" that his predecessor Boris Tadić should not move out of the official presidential residence.

Source: B92, Beta
The residence of Serbia's president (novosti.rs, file)
The residence of Serbia's president (novosti.rs, file)

This should be the case if Tadić becomes Serbia's new prime minister, Nikolić clarified.

The house is located in Belgrade's neighborhood of Dedinje.

"That was a subject of our conversation. I didn't want to move Mr. Tadić out of that house, because it means nothing to me. I've never been inside it," said Nikolić, and added that he would not find it undignifying if he were given another house in Belgrade to use.

The new president also noted that he would not continue to live in his own apartment because as a consequence of his new role, "not only the neighbors but the whole neighborhood" had been "facing problems".

Nikolić further noted that he would obey the law and move into one of the residences that the state has at its disposal for this purpose.

At this point it looks likely that Nikolić will move into a villa that was given to outgoing PM Mirko Cvetković, but that he never used.

Tomislav Nikolić was on Thursday sworn in before the Serbian parliament and began his five-year presidential term.

He was elected Serbia's new head of state on May 20, when he defeated Boris Tadić in a runoff.

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