Serbian President Boris Tadic, the nation’s most popular politician, stepped down eight months before his term ends, to link a new presidential election to the May 6 general vote and help his party remain in government.
Serbian Prime Minister-Elect Aleksandar Vucic vowed to cut spending and avoid debt restructuring before a vote on his government as he begins work on an international aid accord and European Union membership.
Former Serbian President Boris Tadic, a pro-European Union politician defeated by nationalist Tomislav Nikolic on May 20, hasn’t decided yet whether he will seek to become the country’s next prime minister.
Aleksandar Vucic, whose Serbian Progressive Party won last month’s elections, began talks with other parliamentary groups to form a new cabinet that will stabilize public finances and overhaul the economy.
Former Serbian President Boris Tadic will start formal coalition talks to form a government to bring the former Yugoslav republic’s finances under control, cut unemployment and pursue European Union membership.
The Serbian Democratic Party may lose May 6 general elections, while its leader, President Boris Tadic, will be forced into a runoff as voters reject moves to bring the former Yugoslav republic to the European Union.
Serbia may not achieve its goal of becoming a candidate for European Union membership this year if a condition for that is to end its presence in northern Kosovo, President Boris Tadic said in an interview to state Tanjug news agency.
Serbian police stepped up security after receiving a warning message about a plan to assassinate President Boris Tadic and other political leaders, Belgrade- based Blic reported, without saying where it got the information.