The ruling party wins boycott elections
According to preliminary results, the right-wing nationalist party SNS
receives just over 63 percent of the votes in the parliamentary elections. But
voter turnout seems to fall below 50 percent, as several opposition parties
boycott the election in protest of President Aleksandar Vučić's authoritarian
rule. Only two other parties come across the 3 percent barrier. It is the
Socialist Party SPS, which is the government's partner, and the Serbian
Patriotic Alliance (SPAS), a newly formed right-wing party. Voters representing
ethnic minorities are exempted from the 3 percent rule and some of these are
also allowed in parliament.
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The state of emergency and restrictions are lifted
Parliament is voting to lift the state of emergency declared by the
President, President and Prime Minister on 15 March. The restrictions on freedom
of movement are removed and most businesses are allowed to open again. However,
schools and cultural institutions remain closed. The election campaign will
resume but no mass meetings will be held during the month of May.
Elections announced in June
President Aleksandar Vučić announces that elections to Parliament and local
assemblies will be held on June 21. The election was originally held on April 26
but postponed as a result of the corona pandemic. According to Vučić, some
elections will probably not take place until early June.
Kosovo cancels 100 percent duty
The transitional government that governs Kosovo following a vote of no
confidence in which it decides to abolish the duty of 100 percent on goods from
Serbia that have been around for a year and a half (see November 2018).
According to Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti, "reciprocity" should now be
applied instead so that the same applies to goods in both directions across the
border. The Serbian government takes a skeptical stance on the message. The EU
welcomes it, while the US does not think it is enough but fears that
"reciprocity" will create new problems. The US has withheld $ 50 million in aid
to persuade Kosovo to lift tariffs.
Support package against corona crisis
The government presents a $ 5.7 billion support package to alleviate the
effects of the economic crisis triggered by the corona pandemic. The package
includes deferred taxes and fees, preferential loans, direct support to
businesses and a cash contribution equal to a quarter of an average salary, to
all citizens over 18 years.
The rules for curfew at night are tightened so that a strict ban applies for
12 hours on weekdays and 14 hours on weekends. Exceptions are not even made for
dog owners, which causes many to protest and say that it means animal cruelty
not to allow the dog to slay.
The president is raging against the EU, praises China
President Aleksandar Vučić criticizes the EU, which he says has abandoned
Serbia during the corona crisis by restricting the export of protective
materials. Instead, Vučić praises "our Chinese brothers" who he says "are the
only ones who can help us". China has promised to send experts to Serbia for the
pandemic. The President has already said in the past that European solidarity
does not exist.
The election is postponed, curfew is introduced
The election, which was to be held on April 26, is postponed and strict
restrictions on freedom of movement are introduced, including a curfew at night
and a ban for the elderly to go out at all. The measures aim to dampen the
effects of the coronapandem. The Election Commission stops all election
activities until further notice. The elections that are now postponed apply at
national, regional and local levels. The curfew applies to anyone who does not
have a special permit or works at night. Anyone who is over 65 years old in
urban areas and over 70 in rural areas is prohibited from staying outdoors at
all. The military takes over the guarding of borders, migrant centers and
Emergency mode due to the corona virus
The government announces state of emergency due to the new corona virus that
is causing havoc around the world. Schools and other public places are closed,
and foreigners are prohibited from entering the country. Soldiers are sent to
guard hospitals where covid-19 patients are cared for, and other "important
places". Everyone over 65 is encouraged to stay home. President Aleksandar Vučić
says the measures are aimed at protecting the elderly.
Parliamentary elections announced April 26
4th of March
President Aleksandar Vučić announces that parliamentary elections will be
held on April 26. Provincial elections in Vojvodina and municipal elections in
most places are conducted simultaneously. Parts of the opposition plan to
boycott the election with reference to the playing field being rigged in favor
of Vučić's party SNS.