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Elections in Serbia 2014 - Options without Choice

March 21, 2014

Elections in Serbia 2014 - Options without Choice It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. Joseph Stalin Immediately after the release of the first relevant results of the elections in Serbia, began comparing the new parliamentary convocation with those of the 90s and, if you are talking about the balance of power, it is not an exaggeration. Progressives have not won 194 parliamentary mandate,  as SPS in the first multiparty elections in 1990, but "only" 158 out of 250, but have a chance to form a parliamentary majority that would have 231 MPs, and would consist of all the parties except the Democratic Party (SNS, SPS, NDS). The huge success of the SNS in the elections is largely a consequence of the lack of alternatives in the opposition. Turnout was much lower than the 2012th and even less from 2008. The low turnout in the recent elections should concern all actors on the political scene. Some leaders of  political parties that did not pass the census decided to resign from office. One quarter of voters is sufficient for legitimacy, and the vast majority of citizens, nor is winning or defeated part of Serbia. In the modern political history of Serbia, there are two cases that a huge majority - in 1990, the SPS and the 2000th for DOS, now it's the third, and that most of them have advantages and disadvantages. In the next period, Serbia will have to answer several major dilemmas, including the first internal and refers to the reform required by the IMF. The reforms demanded by the IMF include savings, reduce budget costs, impact on the public sector, and living standards, and on the other side of the trade union resistance to keep power to promise that there will be no deterioration in standards. The second dilemma will be Serbia attitude on relation to Russian Federation. The specialty of the new parliament is the fact that there is no more any parliamentary party that opposes the process of European integration. A small number of parties in parliament opens space for more efficient operation of the Assembly of Serbia, which will be of great importance for the continuation of the reform process. For the first time since the beginning of the process of joining the EU, eurosceptics, and there is a third of the citizens, will not have their representatives in parliament. Most analysts think that's not good that they stay out of institutions, since their arguments against the European road will not have a place to share, and they left with a kind of individual action and protests against various issues. 53.7 percent of citizens support EU membership in country, 31 percent is not supported, and 15.2 percent have no opinion. According to research by the Government Office for European Integration,  in a referendum to 51 percent of citizens voted to join the EU, 22 percent would be against, 20 percent would not vote, and seven percent did not know what to answer. Quite a number of people without any posibility to make their voices heard in parliament. Are we the kind of results back to a time before multi-party system, when it is celebrated, but the elections were conducted as part of the job, it was clear who wins and nothing after that will not change. Does Serbia at all have or will have opposition? Relations with Russia remain at the same level, but pressure from the West will increase.

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