Serbia’s general election set for 21 June

Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic has set 21 June as the date of a parliamentary election despite the pandemic, news wires reported. The vote was originally scheduled for 26 April but was put on hold after a nationwide state of emergency due to coronavirus spread was proclaimed in mid-March.

Vucic said on Monday that “after these difficult times we have to create a democratic atmosphere and select an assembly and government that will serve in the interest of the people.”

The president has announced on Sunday that the emergency measures will be lifted after Saint George's Day ( 6 May) because the rate of coronavirus infections decreased sufficiently in the Balkan country. Serbia has recorded over 9,500 coronavirus cases and 197 deaths.

Analysts believe Vucic is keen to have the vote as soon as possible because of his apparently declining popularity due to harsh lockdown measures his government has implemented during the COVID-19 outbreak. Most of the democratic opposition parties plan to boycott the vote because of Vucic’s firm control of media and the electoral process, AP reported.

Vucic’s right-wing Serbian Progressive party is expected to emerge as a overwhelming winner of the vote and

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