IN AN EFFORT to keep their leader Aleksandar Vučić at the head of the party, the progressives went a step further, in a public appeal – and recorded a video in which they call on the president of the party not to step down, as he has announced on several occasions.
This video and a kind of campaign by party officials not to leave the helm to someone else, in which it is emphasized that “SNS with Vučić at the helm is writing a new history of Serbia and that it is a policy of preserving peace, stability and consistency”, is a completely rational move considering to the fact that the popularity of the current leader is much higher than the party he leads.
For example, Vučić won 2.2 million votes in the last presidential election, combined with the parliamentary one, and his SNS with coalition allies won 1.6 million.
As the video, featuring the young SNS vice-presidents, Nevena Đurić and Vladimir Orlić, says, “Vučić is protecting our vital state and national interests and ensures financial progress and prosperity.”
– It is a policy of consistency and respect for international law. These are the reasons why we want him to remain at the head of the party – it is stated at the end of the video material.
According to Orlić, one of the actors of the video, the position of the entire SNS is to keep Vučić at the head, and now, as he says, that message has been translated into a video recorded by the information service of the progressives.
HE CAN BE THE HOLDER OF THE ELECTORAL LIST
ALTHOUGH there were controversies about whether, despite the party leader’s chair being given to another person, the party would lose a proven trump card in the campaign, according to the Law on the Election of People’s Deputies, there is no requirement that the holder of the electoral list must be the president of the party.
As specified, only consent is necessary for his name to be used in the name of the list. The holder may or may not be a candidate for deputy, but may also be a person who applies for another state body.
– We say this openly, honestly and clearly at every opportunity, whoever asks. It was with great pleasure that we participated in its recording, and we could have expected that the video would leave a strong impression on all those whom Vučić and SNS have been winning everywhere for years. Feel free to enjoy the video, while watching it, let them think about new roads, hospitals, factories, all the many successes for the country and the people that were ensured by the policies of our president. It can be useful for them to finally draw some conclusions.
Both the mayor of Novi Sad and member of the SNS Presidency, Miloš Vučević, cites not only the stability of the party, but also “factors that strongly influence events in Serbia” as reasons for changing Vučić’s decision:
– I believe that in these circumstances, in the world, in the region and in our country, it is necessary for Vučić to remain at the head of the SNS. It’s not about flattering anyone, including the president, but about a realistic assessment of facts and circumstances – says Vucevic for our newspaper.
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