BELGRADE – Sanda Raskovic Ivic announced Friday she would resign as the leader of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) later in the day because she disagreed with forming local coalitions with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), in particular in central Belgrade municipalities.

Raskovic Ivic told reporters in the parliament building the DSS would hold an electoral assembly meeting in the autumn to discuss the party statute and programme, elect a new leadership and choose a new path to take.

Raskovic Ivic said she would remain a DSS member and MP to fight for the state-building ideas of the party, but added that, after the electoral assembly, she would take a personal position on staying in the DSS group in the parliament.

“We as a party need to decide which way we are going to go. There are party committees such as in Kosovo-Metohija and Nis that are resolutely against coalitions with the SNS, and I am joining that group of people. On the other hand, we need to take into account that there is a large number of committees that are advocating coalitions with the SNS,” Raskovic Ivic said, citing the Belgrade municipalities of Vracar and Vozdovac, where such coalitions are already in place, as examples.

She said she had opposed the idea of forming coalitions with the SNS but that she had been outvoted.

Raskovic Ivic also said she would see if she would run for party president again.