Big day for King of Sweden
Chanting “Thieves! Thieves!”, thousands of opposition supporters protested yesterday in front of Serbia’s state electoral commission over what their leaders said was widespread vote rigging by the ruling populists. The centre-right Serbian Progressive Party of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won last weekend’s general election by a landslide, but has demanded a vote recount after several smaller opposition parties won seats in Parliament. The Progressives won 48 per cent of the seats in the 250-seat Parliament, but that is 27 seats fewer than in the previous vote in 2014. The ruling party complaint led to the annulment of votes from several polling stations and the failure of one nationalist party, DSS-Dveri, to pass the 5 per cent threshold to enter Parliament by the slightest margin - one vote. That would mean that the ruling Progressives would add seven more parliamentary seats to their tally. In a rare show of unity, opposition party leaders addressed the protesters yesterday, claiming numerous irregularities during the vote, including intimidation and the bribing of voters. “We gathered here today to defend freedom. To defend justice. To defend free Serbia. To defend the will of the Serbian people,” said Sandra Raskovic Ivic, a leader of the DSS-Dveri coalition.
Sweden’s Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf arrive for the Te Deum thanksgiving service in the Royal Chapel, during the king’s 70th birthday celebrations, in Stockholm, Sweden.