Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić elected president

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 4.4.2017 11:55

Aleksandar Vučić was elected as Serbia's new president in the first round of the presidential elections gaining around 55% of the vote. He will assume the presidential office at the end of May.

While the position of president in Serbia is rather a formality, Vučić should remain the de facto in power by leading the ruling Serbian Progressive party. Vučić presented his vision for foreign policy a few days before the election by expressing a desire for Serbia's EU membership whilst at the same time maintaining the country's traditionally strong relations with Russia. The current Serbian Prime Minister was congratulated by European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who in a letter expressed their support for the country's pro-European stance and their hopes for the continuation of reforms in the context of the accession process to the EU. However, critics accuse Vučić of controlling of Serbian media and the opposition point out his increasing autocratic tendencies. Vučić received support and congratulations from Russian president Vladimir Putin, for whom Serbia remains a crucial ally in the Balkans. Serbia relies on cooperation with Russia especially in the security department.

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