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Aug 21, 2023 16:01 EEST
August 21 (SeeNews) - Serbia's president Aleksandar Vucic said the country, which has been rocked by anti-government protests since May, is likely to hold early parliamentary elections in seven months.
“We will have elections very soon [...] There will certainly be elections in the next six or seven [months],” Vucic said, as seen in a video posted by media outlet Danas on Sunday.
According to local media, several thousand people gathered in the capital Belgrade on Sunday for the latest in a series of weekly rallies against the government which began in May following a mass shooting at a primary school. The protestors accuse the government of promoting hate speech and inciting violence within society which indirectly led to the shootings.
Vucic resigned as head of the Serbian Progressive Party, SNS, in May, and was succeeded to the post by defence minister Milos Vucevic.
Serbia held an early general election in April 2022, in which the SNS won 42.97% of the vote, giving the party 121 of 250 seats in parliament. Its coalition partner, the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), got 11.5%, or 32 seats. The parliament was elected for a four-year term.
In the presidential elections, which were held simultaneously with the vote for members of parliament, Vucic secured a second term in office.
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