BELGRADE – The presidency of the Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS) has unanimously decided to contact Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic for talks, in their bid to clinch an election deal with the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).
If the two parties fail to come to the agreement, the PUPS will stand for election independently.
As the party said in a release on Thursday, the PM demonstrated the strongest commitment to the shared goals and interests of pensioners.
“Therefore, it is only natural that we strengthen the cooperation with him and the party he leads,” the PUPS said, adding that they had informed their coalition partner, the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), about the matter.
If the talks prove such cooperation impossible, the presidency is confident that the PUPS is capable of running independently in the forthcoming general elections.
Every party has the right to decide how it will run in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) Ivica Dacic said on Thursday, voicing confidence that the exit of the Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS) from the coalition would not weaken the SPS.
Dacic said that the Socialists had not yet discussed the matter with the PUPS, but added:
“Everyone has the right to decide what it wants. We cannot accept that some party has more candidates on the list than it has in reality,” Dacic told reporters.
He also said that the PUPS had not informed him about the decision, but it suggested it would talk with the SNS.
“We will discuss the overall relations in the coming days,” Dacic said.