04 November 2008 BelgradeÂ – Three Serbian nationalist parties including that of former Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica say they are ready to create a new alliance to challenge the current coalition government.
The Democratic Party of Serbia, DSS, New Serbia, NS, and the new Peopleâ€™s Party, NP, will soon sign a Declaration on Joint Political Action â€œmotivated by our wish to spark changes in Serbia as soon as possible and to establish new government,â€ Andreja Mladenovic, a DSS spokesman said.
â€œThe new government should be conducting a nationally-responsible policy in the interest of all in Serbia,â€ Mladenovic told Balkan Insight.
The Democratic Party of Serbia is headed by Vojislav Kostunica, the countryâ€™s former Prime Minister, while the New Serbia is led by Velimir Ilic, former Infrastructure Minister in Kostunicaâ€™s Cabinet until the snap May elections. The Peopleâ€™s Party is headed by Maja Gojkovic, a former official of the Serbian Radical Party, and an ex-mayor of the northern city of Novi Sad.
Kostunicaâ€™s cabinet collapsed in March over disagreements between his loyalists and other pro-Western ministers loyal to President Boris Tadic over whether the government in Belgrade should sign a European Union pre-membership deal called the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.
Kostunica wanted Brussels to first confirm that Kosovo, which had declared independence a month earlier, is an integral part of Serbia.
According to pollsters all three parties are currently trailing below the 5 percent threshold of votersâ€™ support which is required for entering the parliament.
The DSS and NS currently hold 21 and 9 mandates in the 250-seat parliament.
Gojkovicâ€™s party was formed only recently by disenchanted members of the Serbian Radical Party, SRS, from Vojvodina.
The creation of the new alliance comes after Tomislav Nikolic, a nationalist, split from the Radicals and formed the Progressive Party comprised of other disenchanted Radical Party members who opposed policies of its leader Vojislav Seselj who is on a war crimes trial before the United Nations tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Nikolicâ€™s own parliamentary faction currently holds 20 seats in parliament.
Belgrade-based analysts say that the three parties move is aimed at solidifying Serbiaâ€™s political right and creating a foothold for an alliance with Nikolic in the future parliamentary elections slated for 2012.