Serbian Protests Against President-Elect Run Into Third Night

Student-led protests against Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vucic, ran into a third night in Belgrade on Wednesday, April 5. The protesters say Sunday’s election was fraudulent.

Vucic, who is currently serving as prime minister, was elected with 55 percent of the vote and is expected to continue the country’s path towards EU integration while maintaining close ties to Russia. Although the office of president is largely a ceremonial role, demonstrators fear he will maintain control over government through his Serbian Progressive Party.

Student groups reportedly accused broadcasters of bias in favour of the Vucic during the election campaign and called for the resignation of top management among the media regulators and for the authority to implement independence. They also called for the resignation of parliament speaker and Vucic-ally Maja Gojkovic over her decision to suspend parliamentary sessions until after the vote. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful

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