Vucic: We may lift the state of emergency next week, curfew Thursday through Saturday
Curfew begins at 6 pm on Thursday and runs until 5 am on Saturday, and a state of emergency is expected to be lifted next week, Aleksandar Vucic saidSource: B92
"You ask me the question as if it depends on me, it depends on the virus and the decision of the doctors," President of Serbia responded when asked when the citizens of Serbia would return to the state before the epidemic.
He adds that he understands that people are impatient, but that impatience is not our ally for the moment.
"People haven't even had a chance to see what the real crisis looks like," the President explains.
"None of us are sadists, nobody wanted to bother people, we just wanted to save the country and our people," the President says, stating that the numbers are good.
He added that the doctors agreed with the measures. He says he spoke with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Dr Predrag Kon tonight, and tomorrow he will come up with a proposal that epidemiologists have been seeking.
"I said we would listen to the profession, not politics. We would come out with a proposal that tomorrow, Thursday at 6 pm, a ban on movement would last until Saturday at 5 am."
He also added that the pensioners can go outside twice on Friday, with curfews starting on Saturday and Sunday as on weekdays at 6 pm and continuing until 5 am on the following day.
An additional rule is to ban the gathering of more than five people.
According to him, when the action was taken and the state of emergency was introduced, many people criticized the decision.
"It was necessary to introduce a state of emergency. The democratic question arises - should it have been introduced in the National Assembly or the way we did," the President says, adding:
"When the National Assembly is unable to meet, the decision is made by the President, the President of the National Assembly and the Prime Minister."
Asked how he understands the message of whistles and whackers, the President replies that he will not discuss politics.
"I'm used to the pots and pans. There is only one thing that hurts me, which is that the doctors lost because they start whistling at 20.02 already, and the applause to the medical staff was thus shortened."
"I am a man who believes in the profession. My job is to be a leader. And that doesn't mean that I should follow everyone's wishes. I have no problem with people whistling. I never cried over it. I do my job honestly. And I certainly won't change political standpoints because of the whistles."
The President said that we currently have 675 new clinical respirators in Serbia and 375 in our warehouses in China.
"We ordered 3.500, I believe we will have 1.500 respirators," he says.
Vucic said that he wouldn't exclude the possibility that by the end of next week the state of emergency might be lifted.
"Then, there will be no curfew either," he says.
"On Monday, I will have a meeting with the representatives of the political parties who want to participate on the elections, we will leave 4-5 days for everyone to prepare and that's when the election campaign begins," he says.
He adds that everyone is welcome to the debate, and that he states that he will not engage in an election campaign for the first 15 days, but will deal with presidential affairs.
"I was ready to hear every proposal, even though I didn't agree with it," he said, explaining that he would not succumb to the blackmail and the pressures.
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"Borili smo se za život Srbije i dobre smo stvari napravili. Dobar posao smo napravili i dobro se organizovali. Radili smo vredno, borili smo se. Hteli smo da sačuvamo zemlju, naše roditelje, da zaštitimo naše građane. U poslednja tri dana imamo dobre brojeve. Uspeli smo da od ponedeljka Srbija počine da živi i radi. Moramo da slušamo struku, naše lekare. Sutra izlazimo sa predlogom koji je sve ono što su epidemiolozi tražili od nas. Slušamo struku, ne politiku i držaću se toga. Veoma sam zahvalan našim lekarima na svemu što smo uradili. Prvi kvartal Srbija je završila sa rastom BDP-a od pet odsto. Bićemo u prve tri evropske zemlje po pitanju rasta. Moj posao je da donesem najbolje mere za građane Srbije. Da uradim ono što je najbolje za našu zemlju. Činjenice i rezultate niko ne može da opovegne. Posle svega ovoga idemo dalje punim plućima, da pobeđujemo." Predsednik Republike Srbije Aleksandar Vučić gost je emisije OKO na televiziji RTS|1.