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Protests towards ‘fraudulent’ elections proceed in Belgrade

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Opponents of Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić rallied exterior the Constitutional Court docket constructing on Friday to press their demand that final month’s election be annulled and held once more over reported widespread irregularities.

The Serbia Towards Violence group – a coalition of opposition political events – has accused President Aleksandar Vučić‘s populist authorities of orchestrating a fraud within the 17 December parliamentary and native elections, significantly within the capital Belgrade. 

Vučić has denied the accusations levelled towards him.

The state election fee has declared Vučić’s Serbian Progressive Occasion the election winner and rejected the opposition’s complaints. The Constitutional Court docket is but to rule on the dispute.

Opposition politician Radomir Lazovic stated “this can be a battle of all of us, everybody loses with this [vote rigging].”

Some 2,000 individuals additionally marched towards the headquarters of Serbia’s public broadcaster RTS, which they accuse of pro-government bias.

Worldwide election displays reported cases of vote shopping for and poll field stuffing, and stated the Serbian election typically was held in “unjust situations.”

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Opposition events and native impartial election observers have claimed voters had been bused into Belgrade to forged ballots for the ruling social gathering after being registered at bogus addresses.

1000’s of individuals rallied for days in late December accusing Vučić of stealing the poll. Police used pepper spray and detained dozens of individuals after protesters tried to enter the Belgrade Metropolis Corridor at one of many demonstrations.

Although Vučić says he desires to guide Serbia into European Union membership – for which it has been a contender since 2012 – critics accuse the populist chief of imposing an autocracy by taking management over mainstream media and all state establishments.

The EU, for its half, has stated Serbia should increase rule of legislation and democracy freedoms as a way to develop into a member of the 27-nation bloc.

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