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Vučić Dismisses Dačić as Potential Prime Minister, Expresses Confidence in SNS Majority

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Salman Akhtar
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Vučić Dismisses Dačić as Potential Prime Minister, Expresses Confidence in SNS Majority

In the lead up to the forthcoming elections, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić revealed in an interview with NIN that he currently does not consider Ivica Dačić, president of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), as a potential new prime minister. This statement comes despite the SPS's list being named 'Dačić - premier'. Vučić expressed confidence in the electoral list of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), of which he is the leader, securing an absolute majority in the elections.

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SPS Not Vital to SNS Majority

Vučić further stated that the SNS was considering at least two proposals for the prime minister's post, but Dačić was not among them. The Serbian president's comments come amidst an environment of negative statements by certain members of the SPS, a behavior he indirectly linked to the party's internal atmosphere.

Co-habitation Not a Concern

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Speaking on co-habitation, Vučić declared his lack of interest in it, stating that if another party wins, he would congratulate them and be ready to discuss the upcoming presidential elections. He also mentioned that the SNS would not need the SPS to form a majority, as he expects the SNS to independently secure an absolute majority.

International Relations

On the international front, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock criticized Vučić for aligning closely with Russia and disadvantaging his political opposition ahead of the elections. In an interesting development, Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak arrived in Serbia in what appears to be a boost for President Vučić and his right-wing governing party. The EU special representative for the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade sees the agreement between Vučić and Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti as a turning point in the normalization of relations.

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