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SERBIA THROUGH ELECTIONS: FIRST CANDIDATE IS PM





İlknur Şebnem Öztemel- TDO-According to Republic’s Electoral Commission (RIK), Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has become the country's first presidential candidate ahead of April's elections.

Aleksandar Vucic leader of the Serbian Progressive Party and Prime Minister since 28 April 2014 became the first candidate of the next presidential elections which will be conducted in this April.

To be a Presidential candidate, you have to get at least 10,000 signatures and he gained above 50,000 signatures. Yesterday, RIK declared that “The candidacy has been supported by 56,516 verified voter signatures". So, it seems like he will getthesupport of over half of Serbian voters.

He is supported by Foreign Minister and member of the Socialist Party, Ivica Dacic, and Dragan Markovic who is the leader of Serbian Unity Party and Bogoljub Karic from Strength of Serbia Movement.

Also, former President of the United Nations General Assembly Vuk Jeremic and Vojislav Seselj, the leader of the Serbian Radical Party who had been acquitted of war crimes by the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), had voiced their plans to run for president.

12 March is the deadline of signature submissions and 2 April is the Election Day.

In Serbian system, Presidential term is five years and it is limited to two terms. The Serbian presidential term is five years and is limited to two terms. Current President is Tomislav Nikolic. He was elected in 2012 but has ruled out running for a second time.