As the December 17 elections approach in Serbia, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has dismissed claims that the government's provision of financial assistance to various groups burdens the budget. During an interview on Pink TV, Brnabic labelled these allegations as "utter nonsense" and emphasized that such assistance highlights the government's ability to support its citizens, as well as Serbia's stability.
Financial Stability Amid Political Turmoil
Brnabic took pride in the fact that Serbia's public debt stood at 51.5 percent of GDP at the end of November, interpreting this as an indicator of financial stability and security. Despite the forthcoming elections and rising political tensions, the Prime Minister remains confident in the country's economic health and the government's fiscal policies.
Controversy Over Explicit Video Leak
The pre-election period has also been marked by controversy following the release of an explicit video of opposition politician Djordje Miketic on Pink TV. The incident led the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM) to initiate proceedings against the television station. Brnabic, however, has dismissed accusations that the government was responsible for the leak.
"It's madness for the opposition to blame the government," Brnabic said. She categorically denied any involvement by President Aleksandar Vucic or the Security Information Agency (BIA) in the recording or the implied drug use in the video.
Prime Minister's Stance on Government Involvement
Despite the heightened political climate and the controversy engendered by the explicit video, Brnabic maintains that the government was not involved in any way. She did not comment on why such a video was broadcast on a national frequency television station. This stance is likely to spark further debates and discussions as the elections draw nearer.
As the political landscape in Serbia continues to evolve, the Prime Minister's statements and the reactions they spark are a testament to the complex interplay of politics, public sentiment, and media in shaping the future of the nation.