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
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
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.