Parliamentary, local and provincial elections were held in SERBIA yesterday, in which the list of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić won a huge victory of almost 62 percent.
Only two more lists crossed the threshold – the coalition of the Socialist Party of Serbia and United Serbia, led by Ivica Dacic, and Spas Aleksandar Sapic. Dacic won six times less votes than Vucic, and Sapic 17 times less, but enough to cross the election threshold. Almost 25 percent of the votes were split into smaller parties and those votes simply failed, and a quarter of Serbian citizens who went to the polls will not have a representative.
Fifty percent of Serbs who did not go to the polls will not have a representative, and among them are certainly supporters of the part of the opposition that boycotted the elections.
According to the latest data, and the vote count in Serbia is still ongoing, Vučić ‘s party will have 191 seats out of 250 in the Serbian parliament, SPS and JS 32, and Šapić 11.
As Dacic has been in the ruling coalition with Vucic’s party so far, and Sapic is not considered a real opposition, it is clear that Serbia became a state without opposition in parliament last night.
Did democracy die in Serbia yesterday?
Democracy has been called into question, DW interlocutors say, but turnout does not allow boycott advocates to feel triumphant.
After the convincing victory of the Serbian Progressive Party of Aleksandar Vučić, which according to some estimates won over 60 percent of the vote in Sunday’s general elections, and the collapse of the opposition that came out, Serbia will have virtually no opposition in the next parliament, political scientist Dušan Spasojević told DW from the Faculty of Political Science. “We will have an assembly in which the opposition will be played by Aleksandar Šapić and the parties of national minorities, which were never really the fundamental opposition. It will be a strange parliament,” says Spasojević.
What impression does it leave on the level of democracy in Serbia? Spasojevic says that after these elections, we only found out what we already know. “Serbia is not a democracy, the elections are not fair and honest, and the boycott of the opposition has led to this being seen in full now.”
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Our interlocutor adds that the turnout, however, “was not so small that we would talk about the strength of the opposition bloc”. “I think we will therefore be most similar to Hungary in the coming period. So a system in which you have one big party and a few small ones, which are not really the real opposition.”
“Transmission of the Supreme Will”
Journalist Djordje Vlajic told DW that Serbia would have “a hybrid composition of parliament as a result of hybrid elections in a hybrid state. The key result of the elections is that democracy has been called into question.
Vlajić notes that in these elections we had “those who were taken to the polls and those who went to the polls, which is shown by the sudden increase in the number of people who went out by the hour”.
“This is how I see the boycott, which has led to the fact that a part of the population, primarily the middle bourgeoisie, has no representatives in parliament. This further calls into question the democracy of parliament, democracy of elections and democracy of government,” the experienced journalist added.
Too high a threshold for many
Some opposition parties, perhaps attracted by the lowered electoral threshold of three percent, still decided to go to the polls, but it turned out that the threshold was too high. Dušan Spasojević sees two groups of political parties here. “On the one hand, there are four right-wing parties, which together have about ten percent, and these are actually votes cast. On the other hand, there are the United Democratic Serbia (UDS) and the Free Citizens’ Movement (PSG), whose voters clearly did not accept the change. going to the polls at the last minute, “Spasojevic said.
When the line is drawn, says Spasojevic, the picture of the situation in Serbia is only sharpened: “But what we will do with that picture is a million dollar question.”
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