Vucic: Pressure exerted on Serbs to run in the elections only to seize votes from Srpska Lista

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Ever since 2013, local and international institutional representatives have been drawing attention to threats and intimidation faced by Kosovo Serb voters, primarily against those who are not part of Srpska Lista, both during local and parliamentary elections. The Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic confirmed on Saturday that Serbs face pressure during elections, however, he claimed that pressure was exerted on them to run “only to seize votes from Srpska Lista.”

„I am grateful to everyone who supported Srpska Lista and to all those who understood. We will probably never be able to publicly come out with how much pressure there has been on everyone else to run only to seize votes from Srpska Lista,“ the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic said on Saturday.

“We have intelligence data on various pressures on certain persons only to secure a small number of votes for Srpska Lista and a low impact on Pristina’s policy, i.e. – to reduce Belgrade’s influence,” he underlined.

Even though there are two other parties and one coalition representing Kosovo Serbs in the upcoming Kosovo elections, the president revealed that he expects Kosovo Serbs to vote for Srpska Lista. Vucic described the opposition as „those who would boycott elections in Belgrade rather than boycott Pristina.“

He believes that GI SDP official Ksenija Bozovic, who decided to be a municipal candidate on Srpska Lista’s list, would bring more votes for the party. Bozovic suddenly switched to Srpska Lista this week, thus joining a larger group of colleagues who switched from Ivanovic’s initiative much earlier, even before Ivanovic’s assassination.

„Ksenija Bozovic will be a great asset for Srpska Lista in the future. I know her personally, she knows politics well, I believe in her and her engagement and I am convinced that we will see even better results,“ Vucic said.

The president emphasized that he expects for Srpska Lista to win 8 or 9 out of 10 seats in the Kosovo parliament.

„I hope that both Simic and Rakic, but also Jevtic and Braca, and all others… persecuted and not persecuted people, that they will all come together and try to achieve the best results. Let’s try to have 8 or 9 MPs,“ Vucic concluded.

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