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Serbia Against Violence Refuses to Take Part in Government Consultations

Source: Beta
News / Politics | 21.02.24 | access_time 15:27

Pavle Grbovic (Photo: Media center Belgrade)

The president of the Free Citizen’s Movement and a representative of the Serbia Against Violence coalition, Pavle Grbovic, said on Feb. 21 that the coalition would not take part in consultations on a new government that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said would take place on Feb. 26.

The N1 portal quoted Grbovic as saying that consultations were common practice in parliamentary democracies, but that in Serbia they did not develop in the way they should have. “Everyone should take part in the government consultations, but I believe that in this political context and at this point in time our role would be meaningless, and we are not taking part,” Grbovic said.

In a comment on Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s words that he could imagine a different government in Belgrade, Grbovic said that after 12 years of the Serbian Progressive Party’s rule, “to believe in such a trick would be downright naïve.” “If what the president was saying had been true, and if had been prepared to accept an opposition victory, we would have never seen tens of thousands non-Belgraders coming to the capital to vote,” Grbovic cautioned.

The opposition party leader also said that he was sure Belgrade would have a new vote.

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