Serbian Deputy PM and Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic has been appointed as secretary of the Council for National Security.

The decision was made by President Aleksandar Vucic.

The Council’s secretary also acts as chief of the Bureau for Coordination of Security Services.

The Movement of Free Citizens says the appointment of Nebojsa Stefanovic as coordinator of Serbia’s security services poses “a danger to national security.”

In a statement carried by Beta on Tuesday, this movement added that Stefanovic himself was an example of a cadre policy, who had “no essential qualifications.”

Reacting to President Aleksandar Vucic’s decision to appoint the interior minister to his this additional new role, the PSG assessed that security services are being “rapidly transformed into a classical political police for protecting the ruling party, and for fighting against internal enemies.”

“Security services in a democratic country serve to protect national rather than party interests, while a coordinator of these services must be a person of the state, not of any party,” the PSG said.

The movement added within a few years, Stefanovic manged to go from being “Nebojsa from Belgrade” to the highest position in the national security structure.

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