Vucic Vows to Guard Serbian Democracy as Protesters Call for His Exit

  • Protests against president-elect stretch into eighth day
  • Opposition lawmakers scheduled to discuss joint action Tuesday

Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vucic vowed to protect democracy and prevent opposition parties from returning to power as protests against his election stretched into eighth day.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets, demanding Vucic step down and pave the way for new elections. Opposition lawmakers will in Belgrade on Tuesday after the speaker of parliament refused to reopen the legislature following April 2 presidential vote. Maja Gojkovic, who suspended the assembly before the election, said the protests were preventing it to resume its work.

Vucic, who won the ballot by a landslide, blamed the opposition for stirring the protests against him, according to an interview with private TV Happy aired late Monday.

“They want to break up Serbia,” Vucic said. “I won’t let them break up Serbia. I’ll do everything to protect Serbia.”

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