Aleksandar Vui, favourite to win Serbias elections on Sunday, once enforced censorship for Slobodan Miloevi, but is now, he says, a reformed character
The man tipped to become Serbias next chairperson says he has undergone a transformation from the hardline patriot who once enforced censorship for Slobodan Miloevi, contradicting adversary accusations that he is a power-hungry dictator with authoritarian tendencies.
Aleksandar Vui, the Serbian “ministers “, said his personal conversion mirrored a altered in the Balkan country, which he insisted no longer aspired to be a major performer on the global stage since its key role in the devastating 1990 s conflicts that accompanied the violent breakup of Yugoslavia.
Vui, 47, is the overwhelming frontrunner among 11 candidates contesting Sundays presidential election with some polls indicating he may win more than 50% in the first round, foreclosing the necessity of achieving a run-off ballot.
Victory would cement his already unquestioned posture as Serbias most powerful legislator, equally feted and respected by western European leaders such as Germanys chancellor, Angela Merkel, and by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, both of whom hosted him this month.
However, critics are fretted Vui could become too powerful, at a time when he already effectively dominates the most important state institutions, leading to liberties in Serbias fledgling republic being eroded.