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    SERBIA have it all to do in the group stages of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as they seek qualification into the knock-out rounds. Facing Brazil on opening day, Dragan Stojkovic's men will be hoping for a positive result against the favourites for the World Cup. 2Lothar Matthaus of Germany congratulates Yugoslav Dragan Stojkovic after their World Cup matchCredit: Reuters With Cameroon and Switzerland coming soon after, the Serbians will be hoping to put on a positive display in Qatar. They will do so under Stojkovic, with the manager having an unusual nickname. Read More World CupSHOWTIME When is the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony?IT'S COMING HOME Three Lions song could have new words and be re-released before World Cup Why is Dragan Stojkovic called Piksi? During his playing career, Stojkovic plyed his trade for Red Star Belgrade where he enjoyed a successful four years, reaching the sem-finals of the UEFA Cup and wining the Yugoslavia First League on two occasions. From here, the player moved to Olympique Marseille and won the Champions League with the club before he...
    Two Mali women's basketball teammates have been filmed throwing punches at each other in wild scenes following their World Cup loss to Serbia in Sydney. The violent scuffle between Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou broke out during a post-match interview with Serbia's Sasa Cado in the mixed zone and was captured by a Serbian news camera. Kourouma is seen throwing at least three punches before teammates run in to break the pair apart in front of a shocked Cado. ????????56-89???????? ????????58-118????????????????59-74????????????????68-81????????Players of #Africa’s sole rep #Mail fought among themselves in front of the media at the Women's Basketball World Cup.Winless on court, shameless off it????Mali benefited from Nigeria’s withdrawal to compete.Video: Sportklub TV #Serbia pic.twitter.com/iQspvqYoAl— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) September 26, 2022 Kourouma is contracted with Stade Malien, a professional team based in Mali's capital city Bamako, while Dabou plays for Centre Dorinthie Basket. Mali qualified for their second World Cup as a late replacement for Nigeria, who pulled out citing administrative difficulties around the sport in their country. The lowest-ranked side at the tournament at number 37 in the...
    By Dusan Stojanovic | Associated Press BELGRADE, Serbia — Riot police clashed Saturday with soccer hooligans in downtown Belgrade, where a pan-European Pride march was held despite threats from anti-gay groups and an official earlier ban on the march in the traditionally conservative Balkan state. Tensions were high in the Serbian capital as ultranationalist fans hurled stun grenades, stones and flares at a police cordon, which repelled the attack with batons and riot shields. Hundreds of Pride march supporters, meanwhile, gathered a few kilometers (miles) away in the pouring rain, dancing and singing their march was held on a shortened route. “We need justice and freedom,” said Goran Miletic, one of the Pride event organizers. Although several Pride marches have been held in Serbia in the past years, the Slavic nation that is formally seeking European Union membership appears to be sliding toward Russia and its conservative traditions. Holding rainbow flags, hundreds of LGBTQ activists and their supporters marched through a central Belgrade area that was sealed off by police who put up metal fences and stood in cordons in...
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament has asked Europe’s top human rights body to rescind a 2011 resolution that cited since-unsubstantiated allegations of human organ harvesting during the 1990s war in Kosovo. The parliament voted 125-0 late Thursday in favor of a motion asking the Council of Europe to clear both Albania and Kosovo of the organ trafficking claims. Supporters said such an action would help normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia. “That issue (organ harvesting claims) should end sometime so the people find the power to reconcile and live together, healing the wounds of the past,” the resolution states. In 2011, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly passed a resolution calling for a European Union mission in Kosovo to investigate “war crimes and organ trafficking” in Kosovo and Albania. It cited allegations that fighters from the now-disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army trafficked human organs taken from prisoners, slain Serbs and fellow ethnic Albanians in both Kosovo and Albania. “Numerous indications seem to confirm that, during the period immediately after the end of the armed conflict, before international forces...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Egypt and Serbia on Wednesday agreed to boost political, economic and other cooperation as the two countries look for ways to deal with the global impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was in Serbia on a three-day visit this week — the first in more than three decades by an Egyptian president. His host, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic, said the visit had a “historic character.” “It will bring so much in the future,” Vucic said at a joint press conference with Sissi. “This is just a beginning.” The two leaders signed a partnership declaration, Vucic awarded el-Sissi a state decoration and announced plans for a free trade agreement by the end of the year. A business forum was held as officials signed a series of deals focusing on fields of cooperation. “Both our countries should cooperate for better economies in relation to the global events,” said el-Sissi. “Egypt expects stronger cooperation in all fields.” Vucic said Serbia will export grain, primarily wheat, to Egypt, which has been hit hard by...
    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Monday charged a man with war crimes for allegedly being part of a group of Serbian forces that executed at least nine ethnic Albanian civilians during the country’s 1998-1999 war. Prosecutors said in a statement that the suspect, identified only as M.D., a local resident of Montenegrin origin, was arrested Monday in the village of Vitomirice, Peja commune, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of the capital Pristina. They said he is suspected of having been among the Serb army, police and paramilitary forces who on May 5, 1999 held an offensive in the region during which nine people were executed and another five are still officially listed as missing. More than 13,000 people, mostly ethnic Albanians, died during fighting in 1998-1999 between Kosovo ethnic Albanian separatists to break away from Serbia, and Serbian forces. About 1 million people were driven from their homes before a NATO bombing campaign forced Serbia to pull its troops out of its former province of Kosovo and to cede control to the United Nations and NATO. ...
    CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN will captain Denmark on his return to the stadium where he suffered his horror cardiac arrest. The Brentford star, 30, collapsed during his country's Euro 2020 opener against Finland at the Parken Stadium. 2Christian Eriksen will captain Denmark on his return to the stadium where he suffered a cardiac arrest in Tuesday's friendly against SerbiaCredit: Getty 2Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest at the Parken Stadium during Denmark's Euro 2020 opener against Finland as team-mates formed a protective ring around himCredit: AFP Eriksen later revealed he was 'gone from this world for five minutes' but is now back playing after being fitted with an ICD. The Dane was allowed to leave Inter Milan - with Serie A rules banning him from playing - and joined Brentford. Now already back in the international set-up - and having scored two minutes into his return against Holland - Eriksen is excited to captain his nation back at the Parken Stadium. Nine months on from his horror cardiac arrest, the former Tottenham midfielder will don the armband for Tuesday evening's friendly match...
    To his critics, Novak Djokovic has been cavalier and reckless in the face of a deadly pandemic. But students of the tennis star’s game note that bending reality has been a secret to his success, until now. The dizzying saga playing out in Australia over Djokovic’s refusal to get vaccinated against the coronavirus has cemented his image as the defiant figure in men’s tennis and made the world’s No. 1 player an unwitting new hero to the anti-vax movement. He has earned a new, and surely unwanted, nickname: No-vax. In many ways, Djokovic has handled the pandemic like he would a tennis match, ignoring long odds and favoring alternative remedies over traditional medicine. His unconventional approaches to physical and mental fitness over the years have included consulting spiritual gurus, laying in hyperbaric chambers, visiting healing “pyramids” and working with a coach to develop reality-distortion skills. But the current reality is that every player at the Australian Open, which starts Monday, needs a COVID-19 vaccine or a valid medical exemption to participate. The country’s immigration minister canceled the unvaccinated Djokovic’s...
    Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is appealing his Australian visa cancellation for a second time after the country’s minister of immigration revoked it in an ongoing saga over his coronavirus vaccine status. He is supposed to be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Australian Open tournament, which he has won a record nine times already. But he might not get to play this year and has been threatened with arrest and even deportation. Alex Hawke, Australia’s minister for immigration, citizen and migrant services, said in a statement Friday that he was exercising power under the country’s Migration Act to cancel Djokovic’s visa once again, days after a judge overturned the first cancellation. Defending men's champion Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices on Rod Laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. AP Photo/Mark Baker) ( AP Photo/Mark Baker) NOVAK DJOKOVIC GETS AUSTRALIAN VISA CANCELED AGAIN, FACES DEPORTATION He said he did so "on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so." He framed...
    Orthodox Christians in Russia, Serbia and other countries observed Christmas on Friday amid restrictions aimed at dampening the spread of the coronavirus, but few worshipers appeared concerned as they streamed into churches on Christmas Eve. The majority of Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, with midnight services especially popular. The churches in Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece mark the Nativity of Jesus on Dec. 25 along with other Christian denominations. The Russian Orthodox Church, the largest Orthodox congregation, said celebrants needed to wear masks and observe social distancing at Christmas services. At Moscow's huge Christ The Savior Cathedral, church leader Patriarch Kirill and other gold-robed priests chanted prayers and waved smoking containers of incense during a midnight service. Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a candle during the Orthodox Christmas Liturgy in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, Russia, late Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) POPE FRANCIS ENCOURAGES A ‘COURAGEOUS AND PROPHETIC FAITH,’ DECRIES CONSUMERISM A live broadcast of the service indicated about half of the worshippers in attendance were without masks or had them...
    John James, the iconic soap opera actor brought on board to play Joe Biden in upcoming film My Son Hunter, sustained a head injury Saturday while in Serbia filming the biopic, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. The actor's injury involved a lot of blood, a trip to the hospital and a bit of clumsiness as he slammed into a door while off-set at a restaurant in Belgrade. 'I was walking into a Belgrade restaurant and I collided with the side of a glass door,' he said of the incident. 'I had a large cut above my eye and there was a lot of blood on the footpath.' James, 65, detailed: 'I was pretty stunned and went back to the Metropol Hotel where I'm staying and the manager Nicholas Kalogeras took over and personally rushed me to a hospital.' Actor John James, who is playing Joe Biden in an upcoming movie, sustained an off-set head injury on Saturday while in Serbia for filming James, 65, will play Biden in the My Son Hunter biopic about the president's son Hunter. Above: The actor...
    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo is holding municipal elections Sunday in which the left-wing party that has been in government for eight months is aiming to capture the city hall of the capital, Pristina. About 1.9 million voters are casting ballots to elect mayors for 38 municipalities and some 1,000 town hall lawmakers. Preliminary results are expected by midnight. In previous polls many of the communes have gone to runoffs, which take place in a month’s time. The main contest will be for Pristina City Hall for which the governing left-wing Self-Determination Party, or Vetevendosje!, has nominated its former health minister, Arben Vitia. Voting in the north populated predominantly by the ethnic Serb minority will attract much attention following two incidents in the past two months that have led to soaring tensions between Kosovo and Serbia. Earlier this week, Kosovo police clashed with ethnic Serbs during an anti-smuggling operation, and last month an issue over vehicle license plates was resolved only after mediation from the European Union and the United States. The NATO-led Kosovo Force, or KFOR, deployed troops...
    A still of Sanja Djurdjevic during the match where she made the gesture. Twitter/@5h4k3 A Serbian volleyball player was filmed making a racist gesture in a game against Thailand. Volleyball's international governing body announced she would be suspended for two games. It also fined Serbia's volleyball federation $22,300. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Serbian volleyball player has been suspended for two games after she made a racist gesture during a match against Thailand. The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), volleyball's international governing body, announced on Tuesday that Sanja Djurdjevic had violated its rules at the June 1 match. Djurdjevic was captured on video stretching her eyelids, a mocking anti-Asian gesture. Watch the moment here: —เฉก ???????????? ???????????????????????? (@5h4k3) June 1, 2021The FIVB also fined Serbia's volleyball federation 20,000 Swiss francs ($22,300). Sign up for notifications from Insider! Stay up to date with what you want to know. Subscribe to push notifications
    (CNN)A Serbian volleyball player has been suspended for two matches after she was caught on camera stretching her eyelids -- a racist gesture used to mock people with Asian heritage -- during an international competition between Serbia and Thailand. Sanja Djurdjevic violated the sport's disciplinary rules on June 1 while competing in the match in Italy, according to a statement given Tuesday from the FIVB Disciplinary Panel Sub-Committee. In addition to the suspension, the independent body, which is responsible for imposing disciplinary sanctions within FIVB competitions, fined Serbia's volleyball federation the equivalent of $22,000. According to the panel, the FIVB will donate the money to a cause dedicated to tackling discriminatory behavior and/or to fund educational programs on cultural sensitivity.Greater accountabilityPosting on her since deactivated account, Djurdjevic apologized for her actions. "I am aware of my mistake and I immediately after the match apologized to the whole Thailand team."Read More"I only wanted to address my teammates with the message: 'Now, we will start playing defense like them,' I didn't mean to disrespect anyone," she added. The Volleyball Federation of Serbia...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO'S memorable international break took another twist last night after being left with a bloodied face in the win over Luxembourg. The Juventus superstar and Diogo Jota spared Portugal's blushes as they came back to beat the minnows 3-1. 5Cristiano Ronaldo felt the force of three Luxembourg playersCredit: AFP 5The Portugal captain drew blood from his nostrilCredit: AFP Luxembourg, buoyed by their win over Ireland, took a shock lead through Gerson Rodrigues on 30 minutes. Jota then equalised on half-time before Ronaldo and Joao Palhinha ensured Portugal remained on track for World Cup qualification. Ronaldo, who scored his 103rd goal for his country, was given a match souvenir of his own for his troubles. He took an arm to the nose when three Luxembourg players attempted to stop him in his tracks. He drew blood from his nostril and had it checked from the medics but they didn't appear overly concerned. It's been an eventful few days for Ronaldo following his antics in the dramatic draw with Serbia. After being denied a last-gasp winner...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Red Star Belgrade apologized to AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday after he was targeted with repeated ethnic insults from fans during a Europa League match that was supposed to be played without supporters in the stands. Amateur footage showed Ibrahimovic, who has Bosnian and Croatian roots, being repeatedly targeted with the slurs as he sat in the stands as a substitute during the 2-2 draw between the two teams on Thursday. The 39-year-old Swedish star sat without showing emotion despite derogatory terms for Bosnian nationals being directed at him in Serbian, a language he understands. Red Star issued a statement on Friday “sincerely apologizing” to Ibrahimovic and promising to punish the culprit when he’s found. “Red Star condemns in the strongest terms the offensive remarks directed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” the statement said. “As a club we have done everything to ensure that the organization of the match is at the level of the two great teams and we will not allow a single primitive person to throw a stain on the traditional hospitality...
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, who suddenly resigned and was taken into the custody of a war crimes tribunal on Thursday, will face a judge for the first time on Monday, the court said. Thaci, a wartime hero turned politician, arrived at the detention centre of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague on Thursday night after a war crimes indictment was confirmed against him. His sudden departure could bring political instability to Kosovo, a fledgling democracy where the 52-year-old former guerrilla became the first prime minister in 2008 and was elected president in 2016. In court, Thaci will have the charges explained by a judge and will be able to enter a plea during an initial appearance at 3 PM local time (1400 GMT), the court said in a statement on Friday. Prosecutors say Thaci allegedly was responsible for nearly 100 murders of civilians during the 1998-99 war when he was a commander with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leading the fight against forces under late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. His indictment, made public on...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Nuggets All Star center Nikola Jokic is no longer on the market. Jokic married his girlfriend Natalija Macesic on Saturday in his hometown of Sombor, Serbia. Video of the couple dancing and singing during the reception was posted on social media. Presenting Mr. & Mrs. Jokić! Nikola married his long time girlfriend Natalija this weekend. All the congratulations to the happy couple! pic.twitter.com/etEqYvsVjX — Katy Winge (@katywinge) October 25, 2020 According to The Gazette, the couple has been together since they were 16 years old. Natalija received her psychology degree from Metropolitan State in Denver. Congratulations to Nikola Jokic on his wedding day with long-time girlfriend Natalija Mačešić. Sorry world, the Joker is taken. ????????‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/u5Q2QQUolE — ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 24, 2020   The wedding was originally supposed to happen in June, but it was postponed as the NBA moved its season to the bubble in Orlando, Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Nuggets All Star center Nikola Jokic is no longer on the market. Jokic married his girlfriend Natalija Macesic on Saturday in his hometown of Sombor, Serbia. Video of the couple dancing and singing during the reception was posted on social media. Presenting Mr. & Mrs. Jokić! Nikola married his long time girlfriend Natalija this weekend. All the congratulations to the happy couple! pic.twitter.com/etEqYvsVjX — Katy Winge (@katywinge) October 25, 2020 According to The Gazette, the couple has been together since they were 16 years old. Natalija received her psychology degree from Metropolitan State in Denver. Congratulations to Nikola Jokic on his wedding day with long-time girlfriend Natalija Mačešić. Sorry world, the Joker is taken. ????????‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/u5Q2QQUolE — ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 24, 2020   The wedding was originally supposed to happen in June, but it was postponed as the NBA moved its season to the bubble in Orlando, Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz...
    PRANJANI, Serbia (Reuters) - A monument shaped like a military transport plane was unveiled on a Serbian hillside on Saturday, commemorating the rescue of hundreds of allied pilots who were shot down by German forces during World War Two. About 500 airmen, mostly Americans, were brought to the village of Pranjani during 1944 to be airlifted back to base in Bari, Italy, in the bold mission behind enemy lines - known as Operation Halyard. U.S. diplomats and senior Serbian officials raised their countries' flags at the site in central Serbia during Saturday's inauguration ceremony. For more than 50 years, during Communism, the operation was not officially acknowledged or taught in schools because it received local support from royalist troops led by convicted Nazi collaborator Draza Mihajlovic. Radoljub Jankovic, a local resident who was 14 at the time of the airlifts, recounted his memories of the operation in a speech at the ceremony. "I still hear the noise of the engines of the American planes in the air," he said, presenting a bottle of home-made traditional plum brandy to the U.S....
    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo said Thursday he told prosecutors at a special international court in the Netherlands that he committed no crimes during the 1998-1999 war after which his country won independence from Serbia. President Hashim Thaci was questioned for four days by prosecutors at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office who have charged him with criminal responsibility for crimes, including nearly 100 murders, during and after Kosovo’s battle for independence. Thaci said he provided “information about my role, my responsibilities, during the war and period covered by the mandate of the Specialist Court.” “In case they (prosecutors and the judge) do so in a professional, impartial and honest manner, they can easily conclude that I did not commit any kind of crime or alleged violation,” he told journalists outside the court’s headquarters in The Hague while a small group of supporters chanted his name. The court, which has international staff working under Kosovo’s law, is mandated to look into allegations that members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which was fighting for independence,...
    (CNN)Major protests are breaking out against governments in several countries after coronavirus sparked fury over grievances including economic problems and alleged corruption or incompetence.Demonstrators have taken to the streets to voice their anger at perceived failures by leaders to rise to the unprecedented challenges heightened by the pandemic.In Israel, rising public discontent coincides with record numbers of new coronavirus cases. Monday's figure topped 1,600 for the day. The current count is 42,813 confirmed cases and 375 deaths. A protester waves an Israeli flag as police use water cannons during clashes at a demonstration against the Israeli prime minister in Jerusalem on Tuesday. For many, it underlines the sense that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has badly slipped up after appearing to have the virus firmly under control just two months ago.Thousands of protesters rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday, with thousands more protesting outside Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Read MoreReferring to Netanyahu's ongoing trial on bribery and breach of trust charges -- charges the Prime Minister denies -- protesters held signs that read, "We're saving democracy, we're...
              BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police detained 71 people after clashes during the fourth night of anti-government protests against the Serbian president that were initially sparked by his plans to reintroduce a coronavirus lockdown. Fourteen policemen were injured in the rioting Friday evening when hundreds of right-wing demonstrators tried to storm the parliament building in downtown Belgrade, police director Vladimir Rebic said Saturday. Many demonstrators and several reporters were also injured in the protests. More protests were expected Saturday night. Protesters clash with riot police on the steps of the Serbian parliament during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 10 2020. Hundreds of demonstrators tried to storm Serbia’s parliament on Friday, clashing with police who fired tear gas during the fourth night of protests against the president’s increasingly authoritarian rule. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) Serbian media reported that among the detained is a former parliament member and one of the leaders of the violent protesters, pro-Russian far-right politician Srdjan Nogo. The protesters, defying an anti-virus ban on gatherings, threw bottles, rocks and...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police detained 71 people after clashes during the fourth night of anti-government protests against the Serbian president that were initially sparked by his plans to reintroduce a coronavirus lockdown. Fourteen policemen were injured in the rioting Friday evening when hundreds of right-wing demonstrators tried to storm the parliament building in downtown Belgrade, police director Vladimir Rebic said Saturday. Many demonstrators and several reporters were also injured in the protests. More protests were expected Saturday night. Serbian media reported that among the detained is a former parliament member and one of the leaders of the violent protesters, pro-Russian far-right politician Srdjan Nogo. VIOLENT CLASHES ERUPT IN SERBIA AFTER NEW CORONAVIRUS CURFEW ANNOUNCED The protesters, defying an anti-virus ban on gatherings, threw bottles, rocks and flares at police who were guarding the parliament building, and police responded with tear gas to disperse the angry crowds. Similar clashes erupted twice earlier this week. The protests first started when populist President Aleksandar Vucic announced a strict curfew for this weekend to curb a surge in new coronavirus cases in...
    arl-Anthony Towns of Minnesota, Joel Embiid of Philadelphia, John Collins of Atlanta and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee — average at least 20 drives and 10 boards this season. On July 30, when the season returns at ESPN’s complex World Wide Sports, the Nuggets will start with a 43-22 record, 1.5 games away from second place, occupied by the Los Angeles Clippers. Denver is also one-and-a-half games ahead of the Utah Jazz in fourth place, in the fight for the postseason in the Western Conference. Some photos of Jokic, released during the NBA paralysis, showed that the player had improved his physical strength during the pandemic. Nuggets president Tim Connelly made it known this month, speaking to Altitude Sports Radio. “He has abdominal muscles. I’ve never seen them before, “he stressed. Last week, Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed he tested positive for COVID-19. He considered that he could have contracted the virus in March. ___ AP journalist Pat Gaham contributed to this report from Denver.
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian opposition leader whose group is boycotting the country’s parliamentary election says taking part in the vote amid the coronaviorus pandemic and without free media in the Balkan country would only legitimize what he called a “hoax vote.” Dragan Djilas, the leader of the pro-boycott Union for Serbia coalition, told The Associated Press that Sunday’s vote is being held despite health risks and a lack of democratic standards for the campaign. Most of the main opposition parties will boycott the vote because of what they say is Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s iron grip on the country’s media and the electoral process, as well as potential coronavirus infection hazards at voting stations. The boycott means Vucic’s right-wing Serbian Progressive party will emerge as an overwhelming winner and continue its eight years of political dominance. Vucic and his allies have denounced the boycott, saying it includes parties that would not get enough votes even to make it into Serbia’s 250-seat parliament. All the seats are up for grabs. Vucic’s party now has by far the most seats...
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