BELGRADE – The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) will be principled opposition to the new government in the Serbian parliament that will not include DSS leader Vojislav Kostunica and DSS officials Aleksandar Popovic and Dragan Jovic, the party’s spokesman Petar Petkovic stated on Monday.
Petkovic told a press conference that Kostunica, Popovic and Jocic resigned as MPs for personal and professional reasons, but added that they will continue to be engaged in politics within the DSS, which, as he put it, proved to successful for the party.
He stated that the three of them were not members of the previous parliament either.
The DSS has 21 MPs in the Serbian parliament, and Petkovic explained that Kostunica, Jocic and Popovic will be succeeded by MPs who follow them on the party’s electoral list – Aleksandar Pejcic, Dejan Mihajlov and Gorica Gajic.
Petkovic underlined that the party did not take part in talks on forming the government and added that while in the parliament, the DSS will observe the government’s work, be its principled opposition and advocate the idea of Serbia’s political neutrality.
He also pointed to the party’s stance that the ‘EU has no alternative’ policy led Serbia to its collapse and that the former government’s concessions related to the EU integration were devastating for the country, and said that Serbia should now turn to its own interests and establish new relations with the EU, primarily the economic ones.
One of the reasons for that is the deep crisis in the EU, which Petkovic says is “a sinking ship.”
Petkovic also pointed out that, within the possibilities it has as an opposition party, the DSS will insist on an investigation into whether there were any irregularities when it comes to the May 6 elections.