Voting for Serbia's Presidential Elections Begins.
Novinite.com World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | April 2, 2017, Sunday // 09:41
The election day in Serbia launched today. At 7.00 a.m local time across the country were opened 8523 polling stations, which will continue to work until 20.00 p.m. The final results of the elections, according to the country's constitution, must be published within four days after the vote.
Conservative Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is runaway favorite to win Sunday's Serbian presidential elections despite opposition warnings about the extent of his domination over the Balkan country, balanced between the West and Russia, reported Reuters.
Most polls see Vucic, 47, winning in the first round with more than 50 percent of the vote, trailed in the low teens by a former rights advocate and a white-suited student whose satirical portrayal of a sleazy political fraudster has struck a chord with some disillusioned voters.
The role of president is largely ceremonial, but Vucic is expected to retain real power through his control of Serbia's ruling Progressive Party.
As such, the election is unlikely to alter the country's delicate balancing act between the European Union, which Vucic wants Serbia to join, and Russia, with which Serbs share their Orthodox Christian faith and Slavic heritage.
Acting Serbian PM Vucic wins presidential election – preliminary results.
RT.com 2 Apr, 2017 22:18
The current head of the government in Serbia and leader of the ruling conservative Serbian Progressive Party, Aleksandar Vucic, has been elected as the Balkan country’s president, early Central Election Commission results show.
Having processed 56.5 percent of the ballots, the Central Election Commission announced that the Serbian Prime Minister is leading the presidential election with 57.03 percent of the vote, according to Sputnik.
Vucic declared himself the winner before the official announcement of the election results.
"The important thing was that the victory was clean as a whistle... I got 12 percent more votes than all the other candidates put together," Vucic said.
Vucic's nearest rival, opposition candidate and former ombudsman, Sasa Jankovic, took some 14.9 percent of the vote.
Eleven candidates were registered by Serbia’s election committee to run for the presidency. Among the other candidates were comedian and political activist Luka Maksimovic (who received nine percent of the vote, according to the Ipsos poll, as reported by TASS), Serbia's former minister of foreign affairs Vuk Jeremic (five percent) and leader of the far-right Serbian Radical Party Vojislav Seselj (four percent).
The election turnout stands at 55.5 percent, TASS reported citing Vucic's campaign office. Some 6.7 million people were eligible to vote in Serbia, RIA reported, adding that those voters include people living abroad and in Kosovo and Metohija, with OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) representatives having monitored the election process in the region.
In total, almost 2,000 local and over 120 international observers monitored the elections, with the head of the Russian delegation having told TASS that no violations had been registered and the voting was “calm.”
The president of Serbia is elected for a five-year term and one person can only serve two terms. The Presidential role is largely ceremonial, with the Serbian president having such formal powers as representing the country in the international arena, offering parliament a candidate to head the government, having the right to sign and veto laws, as well as to appoint ambassadors and giving awards. The president is also the commander-in-chief.
Vucic was named as the front-runner before the voting. Various polls suggested he would win the vote, only having argued whether or not he would receive more than half of the votes, avoiding the run-off.
With the conservative ruling party leader being widely expected to appoint a loyal ally as new prime minister, Vucic's opponents claim he's adopted an authoritarian streak since his party rose to power in 2012, Reuters reported. Vucic denies such a charge.
Vucic’s supporters however say they “voted for stability,” according to Reuters. Vucic himself said that Serbs had voted for a continuation of Serbia's path into the EU, while at the same time maintaining strong ties with Russia and China.
Serbia: Seselj calls for electoral corruption investigation following Vucic victory.
Ruptly TV Apr 6, 2017
President of the Serbian Radical Party Vojislav Seselj said he wanted to explore incidences of “buying controllers” and “even the buying of party officials in certain municipalities” in Sunday’s general election, speaking at a press conference in Belgrade on Thursday.
"We will explore in some municipalities and in some polling stations things that are not allowed in the electoral process” said Seselj.
SOT, Vojislav Seselj, President of the Serbian Radical Party (Serbian): "We will explore in some municipalities and in some polling stations things that are not allowed in the electoral process. Attempts of buying controllers in some places and even the buying of party officials in certain municipalities."
SOT, Vojislav Seselj, President of the Serbian Radical Party (Serbian): "I think that control over the media has done everything, because it conducted a so-called total propaganda. Total propaganda that destroys people's brain leading to control of consciousness. This is a proven process in science."
SOT, Vojislav Seselj, President of the Serbian Radical Party (Serbian): "In my opinion, what prevailed for Vucic, that I do not find myself in the second round, is the fact that in the last days of the campaign Vucic brought his mum and dad to the television studio to praise him, with national coverage on the show, which lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes. And I, you know, am an orphan without a father and mother, and I could not bring neither father nor mother, and I had no television to go on, and I had no one to praise me."
SOT, Vojislav Seselj, President of the Serbian Radical Party (Serbian): "We want to replace the complete management of Radio Television of Serbia and Radio Television of Vojvodina because they are immoral people, people without character, people who sell themselves for money and privileges, and who never in their life did conscientiously perform their job."
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 12, 2020 17:07:58 GMT -5
Serbia: Locals celebrate as pro-Serbian opposition party declares victory in Montenegrin elections.
Ruptly Aug 30, 2020
Belgrade was seen celebrating with people waving Serbian flags, marching and driving through the city, honking, following Montenegrin opposition's announcement of the victory in the parliamentary elections, Monday morning.
According to the preliminary reports, the neck and neck race sees the ruling pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) securing 34.7 percent of the vote, with the opposition "For the Future of Montenegro alliance" having 33.1 percent.
Both rivals have already declared victory. The final results are expected later on Monday.
Stung by election loss, Montenegro’s eternal ruler Milo Djukanovic may be planning a reverse ‘color revolution'
Nebojsa Malic, RT 1 Sep, 2020 17:29
Europe’s actual last dictator, the autocrat of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic, just had his grip on power slip when his Democratic Party of Socialists lost the general election. There are indications he may be unwilling to let go.
One of the six successor states of Yugoslavia, Montenegro commands a strategic location on the Adriatic coast but has fewer than 700,000 residents. Djukanovic has ruled it in one capacity or another since 1990, as president, prime minister and head of the DPS.
In the process, he changed political identities like underwear, going from an ardent Communist to a nationalist, and finally to a pro-Western 'democrat' and fanatical NATO supporter, whatever would keep him in power. For 30 years it worked – until it didn’t.
Though Djukanovic wasn’t up for election himself – his presidential term expires in 2022 – Sunday’s parliamentary election was very much a referendum on his rule. For the first time since 1945, when it originally took power in its Communist incarnation, the DPS fell short of the votes needed to form a cabinet.
Three opposition leaders – Zdravko Krivokapic, Aleksa Becic and Dritan Abazovic – announced on Monday that had struck a deal to form a governing coalition, outlining a four-point platform. Their followers gathered across Montenegro that evening, waving historical flags, shooting off fireworks and singing traditional and patriotic songs, in a total rejection of one specific policy embraced by Djukanovic and the DPS: nation-building.
For the past 20 years, and especially after the 2006 independence referendum – which the West accepted despite widespread accusations of fraud and ballot-stuffing – Djukanovic has sought to create a new Montenegrin national identity, entirely distinct from – and hostile to – the country’s Serbian heritage and history.
The plan’s crowning achievement was supposed to be the so-called “religious freedom” law, enacted in December 2019, that would have enabled the government to seize the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church and hand it over to Djukanovic’s pet denomination.
It backfired spectacularly. For months, Orthodox priests led protest processions throughout the country, attracting not just those who considered themselves ethnic Serbs, but also outraged Muslims and even some who had previously embraced Djukanovic’s “Montenegrin” identity.
The government in Podgorica used the Covid-19 lockdowns to crack down on the processions, and had police round up priests and bishops. Objections from Belgrade and the Russian Orthodox Church were used as examples of 'Russian influence,' counting on NATO and the EU to back Djukanovic.
Montenegro is the youngest NATO member, joining the alliance in 2017 without so much as a pretense of democratic approval. Djukanovic simply didn’t put the issue up to a referendum, as all polls indicated he would lose. He accused Russia of fomenting a coup plot against him in 2016 – which may sound familiar to Americans – and used that as an excuse to do as he pleased.
With the West busy with its own troubles this time, the talk of ‘Russian meddling’ didn’t help Djukanovic, while the religious persecution of the Serbian Orthodox Church ended up driving much of the vote against the DPS. Amending and revising “discriminatory laws and regulations, including the Religious Freedom Law” was one of the four main points announced by the new coalition. It is not an accident many of its supporters gathered outside churches to celebrate.
Even in their exuberance, the coalition is offering a “hand of reconciliation” to the former rulers, to build Montenegro’s future together. The triumvirate said they want to continue with reforms intended to bring the country into the European Union, and “abide by all international obligations,” presumably meaning they intend to stay in NATO. They also want to assemble a cabinet of experts “regardless of political, religious, ethnic or other characteristics.”
In other words, it doesn’t look like the coalition is pushing for revolutionary change, having already achieved their biggest objective by ousting the DPS from power. Djukanovic’s party may have other ideas, however. Early on Tuesday, they announced a massive rally in the capital on September 6, under the slogan “No excuses...Montenegro above all.”
What possible point could the rally have now, after the election? Well, coalition leaders have already urged their supporters to cut the celebrations short and return to their homes, warning about “provocations” by DPS loyalists that could touch off a civil war.
If the reports of agitators attacking coalition gatherings are true, and if the rally is intended to somehow dispute the results of the election, then Montenegro might be seeing the world’s first reverse color revolution, wherein the government refuses to abide by the vote and foments unrest to reverse it.
It’s a bold gambit, to be sure. Djukanovic and the DPS had left only a tiny bit of democracy on life support in Montenegro, just enough to give them an aura of legitimacy in the West. Trying to snuff it out altogether because they lost power would be entirely in character.
On the other hand, if the coalition prevails, that would be a breath of fresh air – not just for Montenegro, but for other places where corrupt oligarchs backed by the West think they can rule forever.
Last Edit: Oct 12, 2020 17:28:27 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 12, 2020 17:18:09 GMT -5
This is a puppet, and proof that democracy does not exist in Serbia, this isn't Serbia's choice, but the West's..
USA: Serbia's Vucic goes viral as he appears surprised at agreement to move embassy to Jerusalem.
Ruptly Sep 5, 2020
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic went viral on social media on Friday as he appeared surprised about an agreement he had made to move his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Vucic could be seen turning over pages in his signed copy of the deal as he sat next to US President Donald Trump in the White House, after the president welcomed Serbia's agreement to move its embassy in July.
The commitment was announced as Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti signed a historic US-brokered agreement to normalise the economic ties between both countries. Kosovo also announced that it would recognise Israel and establish diplomatic ties.
Tensions between Kosovo's ethnic-Albanian majority and Serbia escalated in 1998 with the Kosovo War. Serbia refused to recognise its province as a sovereign state after NATO intervened to curb ethnic warfare. In 2008, Pristina unilaterally declared independence, a move that Serbia has refused to recognise.
While Trump's government recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital at the end of 2017 and moved the US embassy there in May 2018, most other countries continue to site their embassies in Tel Aviv pending a solution to Jerusalem's disputed legal status.
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