Ahead of the seventh extraordinary parliamentary elections in Kosovo scheduled for October 6, the Kosovo Serb political scene is divided over whether to participate in these elections, or not, while those willing to take a chance are confronted by the in so far major Kosovo Serb force – Srpska Lista. Such a political landscape seems rather confusing to the public. Three parties and one coalition – the „Koalicija Slobode“ (Freedom Coalition) representing the Kosovo Serb community have registered to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections. They are comprised of 50 candidates in total, while the CEC candidate electoral list verification deadline is October 10.
In the coming days, KoSSev will introduce a who is who in this Kosovo Serb political landscape. Here we present People’s Justice (Narodna Pravda), a member of the Alliance for Kosovo. This party is, however, boycotting the upcoming Kosovo parliamentary elections.
“GI People’s Justice, as a member of the Alliance for Serbia for Kosovo, it advocates for the citizens of Serb nationality in Kosovo not to go to the polls and thus preserve the dignity that is being threatened from several directions – by Pristina, because they look down on us, by the ‘international community’ as it treats us as collateral damage and by Vucic’s regime because he sees us only as a stake in the gambling table intended to preserve his power at all costs,” the leader of People’s Justice, Nenad Radosavljevic told KoSSev.
Radosavljevic added that he expects that the position of several Serbian political representatives within the Alliance for Serbia – the Alliance for Kosovo – to be similar.
„The Alliance for Kosovo, according to what I learned from direct communication with the members, will not support participation in the Kosovo elections. The Alliance for Serbia for Kosovo needs to consult on the matter and then we will make our position clear. It will happen in the next two days,” he emphasized.
Things will happen quickly this fall and if we cannot influence those who make the wrong decisions and those who are harmful to us then we should at least refuse to participate in the process of current Serbian authorities’ violent recognition of Kosovo as an independent state
Nenad Radosavljevic has been active on the Kosovo political scene for two decades now. He was the President of the Serbian National Council for Leposavic from 1999 to 2001, a Mayor of Leposavic from 2000 to 2001, a deputy from the ranks of the ‘Povratak’ coalition in the Assembly of Kosovo in 2001, a member of the State Council for Kosovo in 2003 and a member of the Kosovo Coordination Center from 2001 to 2004.
Radosavljevic was also an advisor to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General from 2002 to 2005.
About People’s Justice
People’s Justice was formed in September 2013 in Leposavic, on the eve of local elections – the first elections in the municipalities in the north of Kosovo. At the time, the party won a mandate in Leposavic’s new parliament with 217 votes. The People’s Justice also participated in the 2017 local elections, but did not win a single mandate. This Kosovo Serb party, however, has never participated in the parliamentary elections.
People’s Justice is still registered as a civic initiative based in Leposavic. Its aim is to gather people around – „the global idea of equality, justice and economic prosperity of society.“
The party also supports the creation of the Association of Serb Municipalities at the “level of a special entity with benefits in the parliament” in the north and the integration of members of all security structures into a single structure superior to the local government, as well as the Association of Serb Municipalities at a regional level. They also support the education and health systems continuing to function as an integral part of the system of the Republic of Serbia.
People’s Justice proposed the founding of a Serb Assembly of Kosovo whose constituent Assembly would consist of 160 delegates. The Assembly would be in charge of organizing the lives of Kosovo Serbs, direct negotiations in the interests of the Serb people, as well as organize elections for a new composition of the assembly.
The members of the founding assembly of this civic initiative include councilors of the Municipal Assembly, representatives of all political parties, representatives of the Association of Kidnapped and Missing Persons, representatives of the Eparchy of Raska-Prizren and the University of Pristina.
About the Alliance for Kosovo
The People’s Justice is part of a group of Kosovo Serb political representatives who first announced the formation of a sister organization – the Alliance for Kosovo in April this year at the headquarters of the Alliance for Serbia in Belgrade. The Alliance for Kosovo was then established at a founding assembly in Gazimestan in May this year.
The founding assembly, attended by one of the leaders of the Alliance for Serbia, Dragan Djilas, was originally planned to be held at the Cultural Center Gracanica, but the location was subsequently changed to Gazimestan due to organized protests of the Gracanica municipality and Serbian state institution employees.
The Alliance for Kosovo has called for a boycott of extraordinary local elections for mayors of municipalities in the north held in May, reminding of the assassination of two candidates for mayor of North Mitrovica – Dimitrije Janicijevic in 2014 and Oliver Ivanovic in 2017.
The Alliance for Kosovo has not formally declared whether it will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, however, some of its members have clearly declared their position. The Otadzbina Movement and the GI People’s Justice called for a boycott of the elections, while Rada Trajkovic, as an individual, joined the „Freedom“ coalition which has already registered for the elections.
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