A Post-Election Sandzak | Beta Briefing

A Post-Election Sandzak

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Analysis / Analysis | 19.08.20 | access_time 16:17

Novi Pazar (BETAPHOTO/ISHAK SLEZOVIC)

Can Vucic Have His Election Cake and Eat It, too?

The coronavirus pandemic and post-election math in the parliaments of Novi Pazar, Sjenica and Tutin, three Bosniak-dominated municipalities in the southwestern Serbian region of Sandzak, exposed not only local government incompetence in handling the healthcare crisis, but also complete servitude to the central authorities in Belgrade and Aleksandar Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party.

A second peak of the first wave of the pandemic, as members of the Serbian government’s COVID-19 Crisis Headquarters like to call it, took 300 lives in the three municipalities with close to 200,000 residents, taking the region to the top of Europe’s blacklist.

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