Serbia's President Vucic Steps Down as Ruling Party Leader, Signals Political Shift
(MENAFN) President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia has made the decision to step down as the leader of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) after an 11-year tenure. While relinquishing his position as party leader, Vucic will continue to serve as the president of the country. The announcement comes amidst ongoing anti-government protests in Belgrade and escalating clashes in Kosovo.
During a party conference held in Kragujevac on Saturday, SNS delegates accepted Vucic's resignation and swiftly elected Defense Minister Milos Vucevic as his successor. This leadership transition reflects the party's commitment to maintaining stability and continuity within its ranks.
Vucic's ascension to the leadership of the SNS took place in 2012, following the departure of Tomislav Nikolic. Vucic and Nikolic had co-founded the SNS in 2008 after splitting from the nationalist Serbian Radical Party. In his address to attendees at the conference, Vucic expressed his unwavering loyalty to the party, stating, "I will never leave this party. I am proud to have led the best party all these years." He also highlighted the SNS' enduring popularity despite what he referred to as "the hybrid war being waged against our country."
While Vucic remains firmly entrenched as the president of Serbia, he also revealed that the SNS will participate in a broader political movement set to launch in the coming month. This move suggests a strategic alignment and a collective effort to address the evolving political landscape and effectively respond to the challenges faced by the nation.
Vucic's decision to step down as party leader marks a significant development within Serbian politics, as the SNS has played a central role in the country's governance for over a decade. As the party undergoes this leadership transition and prepares to embark on a new political journey, the future direction and dynamics of Serbia's ruling party and the broader political landscape remain subjects of keen observation and analysis.
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