ELECTIONS IN SERBIA 2017

 

The victory of the prime minister Alexander Vucic in the presidential elections has made Serbia closer to an autocracy more then a democracy.
It’s a move very similar to those of Putin in Russia and Erdogan in Turkey and possibly to that tempted by other easter europen leaders like Orban or Kaczynski: he will be able to designate his on successor as prime minister, having strongly in his hand the parliament as well as the judiciary and the media, marginalizing the opposition.
Mr Vucic surpassed largely the second place candidate, Sasa Jancovic who obtained little bit more the 16%.
Before and after the elections different accusations have been raised both about voters being intimidated or “bought” as well as the almost total occupation of the media by Vucic, former minister of information pf Milosevic from 1998-2000 just to mention.
The discouragement of many Serbs has led to the affirmation as third big player in the political contest the 25 year old university student and youtuber Luka Maksimovic, aka Ljubisa “Beli” Preletacevic, who gained surprisingly the 10% of the electorate thanks to his character who satirize the typical  fraudulent Serbian politician easy to inconsistent promises and corruption.
A good part of the youth for example preferred to vote for him then for the usual compromised parties to show their unsatisfaction, even though behind Luka there’s a group of young active citizens and creatives of his little town Mladenovac, who wants to create a real movement able to have a role in the next years scene using the card of transparency and shared decision making.
Right after the elections, everyday for different weeks, something unseen since the deposition of Milosevic happened, thousands of protesters occupied the central streets of Belgrade around the parliament to denounce the authoritarian shift of the newly elected president, even been occasionally supported by the sindacate of the Police and Army.
Vucic maybe remembering experiences like the arab springs or the orange revolution did not firmly interfere with the protest even arriving to declare understanding for the reasons of the people in the streets.
He can count on the public endorsement of both Putin and Merkel, on one side counting on a longtime brotherly relationship with Russia, and on the other side Vucic is seen as a strong man capable of maintaining Serbia on track towards the entrance of the European Union, blindly looking otherways on the serious dangers that this young democracy is facing.
Serbia has received recently very little interest internationally speaking even though in the conclusion of the 90ies jugoslavian wars here happened the first aerial bombing in Europe after World War II by Nato, and only last winter the emergency of the refugee stuck in the smoky barracks of the Belgrade station under a snow storm could put the spot of the news media on this nation.
Here i also portray some citizens, like one of the leader of the anticorruption movement “Ne davimo Beograd”, that show their position on the political situation and their sentiment towards European Union.