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Yearbook 2016

Serbia. In March, the UN General Court in The Hague freed the leader of the radical nationalist party Radical Party (SRS), Vojislav Šešelj, from prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Balkan wars in the early 1990s.

2016 Serbia

Šešelj, who spent 11 years in detention in The Hague, has been in Serbia for over a year, where he was allowed to return for cancer treatment. According to countryaah, the liberating judgment caused consternation and anger, not least in Bosnia and Croatia. Šešelj himself paid tribute to the judges in The Hague and said he would seek millions in damages.

As expected, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić announced a new election and the third two-year parliamentary elections were held in April. As a reason, Vučić indicated that the country needed four stable years ahead of itself to prepare for EU membership. His Nationalist Progressive Party (SNS) lost some seats but retained its own majority in Parliament. Second largest was the Socialist Party (SPS) followed by the SRS.

Despite SNS's strong position, it took just over three months for a new government to be completed. In addition to SNS, it also included SPS and some small lots. The government included Ana Brnabić who was given responsibility for local self-government. She became the first openly gay minister in Serbia, a country that distinguished itself as a stronghold for gays.

Extensive protests erupted since a number of buildings on the Sava River were demolished at night by masked men, of all doomed to quickly prepare the site for an exclusive billion-dollar construction project, funded by the United Arab Emirates. Protesters repeatedly gathered on the streets, accusing the government of involvement in the disputed construction project, which they claimed was unconstitutional and not in the public interest.

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