Tadić denies he'll form new party

Boris Tadić says that he resigned as honorary president of the DS and left the party because "differences between its plans and his ambitions" emerged.

Source: RTS, Tanjug

He described the decision as "as a personal gesture."

Tadić also said that he did not discuss his decision with Democratic Party (DS) President Dragan Đilas.

"I saw that I was in the minority during the Main Board meeting of the party. I have experience in politics to be able to recognize what it being done. Where there is room for the policy of Zoran Živković, there's no room for my political philosophy," he told RTS on Friday.

According to him, it is completely legitimate that Đilas should "bring back dome old people." However, he added, " it is not about Zoran Živković," but about policy which to which he was opposed.

Živković is a former vice-president of the DS, who served as prime minister in the wake of the assassination of Zoran Đinđić, and now has his own party.

Tadić said that, although he was in favor of compromise, "there are times when things need to be cleared up."

"The Democratic Party needs to come up with a clear policy in the upcoming parliamentary elections, and receive results on that basis," he said, and noted that he "would have resign even if elections had not been called."

The former leader of the Democrats and Serbia's former president believes that the DS cannot be "an arrangement to all political parties."

Tadić again denied speculation in the media that he would form "the Democratic Front," noting that at this point he "does not know what he will do next in his political career."

Speaking about the lawsuit against him announced by Živković, Tadić explained that he "did not say that Živković had committed a crime, but that at the time when he was prime minister there were scandals that were a huge burden," and cited as an example the so-called Bodrum Affair.


Former president leaves Democratic Party

Former Serbian President Boris Tadić has left the now opposition Democratic Party (DS), which he led from February 2004 until November 2012.

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