Seselj denies he'll step down as leader of Radicals

Vojislav Seselj on Thursday held a news conference and denied that he would step down as leader of the opposition SRS party.

Source: Tanjug

Seselj, who finished 5th in the April 2 presidential election, receiving 4.5 percent of the vote, said he was dissatisfied with "the results" and believed that election theft took place.

According to him, the party would "investigate everything."

Seselj told reporters that the campaign was unfair as he was "not given even one percent of broadcast time that Aleksandar Vucic had on media with national coverage."

He said he would not congratulate Vucic on his victory, and that he "agreed with some of the demands" presented by those protesting the outcome of the election.

Seselj stressed that he would not resign as party leader.

"I am not stepping down, nobody's asked for my resignation," he said.

Earlier in the day, the Belgrade-based tabloid Kurir reported that Seselj was "increasingly close to the decision to resign as SRS leader and let one of the younger party members take over."

According to the report, "it is not ruled out this will be his son Aleksandar (Seselj)."

Asked "how realistic" this scenario was, Seselj, who has been at the Serb Radical Party (SNS) helm for three decades, was quoted as replying: "Surprises are always possible."

According to his closest associates, Seselj, who was a candidate in the April 2 presidential elections and received about 4.5 percent of the vote, is dissatisfied with the result as he "did not expect to get less than five percent."

This is the reason he is mulling stepping down and letting "a younger SRS member take over," they said.

"In this way, he would act in a principled manner and withdraw over the bad result that everyone in the party is dissatisfied with, but would effectively still have an insight into everything and control and lead the SRS indirectly," the source said.

Furthermore, Seselj is reportedly "angry at his associates, and thinks the party suffers from bad organization."


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