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Serbian President Boris Tadić has resigned 10 months before the end of his term to facilitate early elections and, ironically, help his party remain in government, Serbian newspaper B92 reports.The president will send his official letter of resignation to the Serbian parliament Speaker on Thursday, after which she will call for elections, which must be held within 60 days, Reuters reports. They will likely be scheduled for May 6.
Tadić said Serbia was headed into a period of comprehensive reforms, which need to be conducted by reinvigorated institutions. While Tadić is one of Serbia’s most popular politicians, the sluggish economy and unemployment has caused the opposition party, the Progressives, to gain support, according to Businessweek.
Tadić want to reclaim his government’s lost legitimacy in order to push for stronger economic reforms and ensure his country’s entry into the EU, for which it recently became a candidate. The Progressives have backed Serbia’s EU path so far, though they have made it clear their first-choice ruling partner is former Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, who has called for abandoning EU membership and closer cooperation with Russia.
However, both parties agree that they will never recognise Kosovo’s legitimacy. “I am sure Serbia will proceed towards the European Union,” said Tadić, “but we will never recognise Kosovo.”
While he admitted the election would be difficult, Tadić still seemed confident. “I am quite certain about winning,” he said, adding that his campaign would focus on economic reform.
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