Former mayor of the municipality of Paraćin and member of the Democratic Party (DS), Saša Paunović, has announced that he will not run for election, as he had already stated last year. In an interview with Danas, Paunović emphasizes the […]
Former mayor of the municipality of Paraćin and member of the Democratic Party (DS), Saša Paunović, has announced that he will not run for election, as he had already stated last year. In an interview with Danas, Paunović emphasizes the need for discontinuity and believes that it is time for new people to take on responsibility. He adds that he is ready to provide assistance if needed, but that it is time for Paraćin to free itself from the burden of the past.
Paunović highlights that after twenty years of working for the people, it is time for him to work a little for himself and his family. After his last term, which was marked by the struggle against the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), Paunović was left without a job and returned to his engineering profession. Politics is still his passion, but he wants to ensure that his livelihood no longer depends on a political salary.
Regarding the elections in Paraćin, Paunović raises suspicions about the opposition status of the NADA coalition and mentions that other opposition members are being persecuted in municipal services. He states that the opposition is divided into two columns – SSP-SRCE – Paraćin against violence and DS-Narodna-NPS – United Opposition, but none of these lists have been declared yet.
Paunović also criticizes the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) list for Paraćin, calling it an impersonal gathering of party switchers. He points out that individuals on that list were allocating municipal funds to fictitious citizen associations for fictitious projects from the municipal budget. Paunović believes that SNS conditions boil down to the candidate being obligated and obedient.
Regarding the campaign of the progressives, Paunović suggests that there is not much enthusiasm within the ranks of the SNS and it is unknown whether President Aleksandar Vučić will visit Paraćin. He also mentions that the “Serbia against violence” list has strong support from citizens who find the SNS regime unbearable.
On election night, Paunović expects it to become apparent whether the opposition’s victory will be evident and if attempts to steal the election will end tragically for the SNS. Paunović emphasizes that the will of the people for change is greater than the opposition’s ability to follow it, and warns the authorities not to attempt to steal the election results.