Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic announced on Oct. 25 that he is convinced all parties will take part in the upcoming elections, including those which refused to participate in the previous vote, such as the People’s Party and the Freedom and Justice Party.
In Dacic’s opinion, “everyone” has realized that it was a mistake to boycott the parliamentary elections of June 2020 – even those parties that feel let down by the European Parliament. In July, members of the European Parliament [MEPs] mediated negotiations between the authorities and opposition regarding election conditions. Many opposition parties were left dissatisfied with the outcome of these talks. According to Dacic, however, “everyone is [now] preparing for the elections and making deals.”
The parliament speaker and leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia told Prva TV that, free of foreign mediation, intra-party dialogues have yielded “real, sustainable and feasible” solutions. “These agreements will incorporate everything we agreed upon in talks with MEPs as well,” he said.
Dacic was asked whether his party’s announced support to the candidacy of Progressive party leader and incumbent Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – and their possible joint parliamentary ticket – is a prelude to the “merger” of the Socialist Party of Serbia and the Serbian Progressive Party. In response, Dacic posed his own question, asking why the Socialists were not absorbed by previous coalition partners such as the Serbian Radical Party or the Democratic Party.
“Were we not holding a presidential election, I would most certainly run independently,” Dacic said. He elaborated by saying his party’s current goal is to win as many votes as possible from either Socialist or Progressive supporters by putting forth a joint ticket or joint candidate, adding that Vucic is the only presidential candidate the Socialists would stand behind.