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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Aleksandar Vucic Sworn in as Serbia's new president Wednesday May 31,2017
Aleksandar Vucic has been sworn in as Serbia's new president, promising to work for peace and stability in the war-weary Balkans while strengthening the country's armed forces
Vucic formally stepped down from his prime minister's post on Wednesday and took over his new role after his landslide win in April's election.
The opposition alleged irregularities during the election campaign, including
muzzling the media, both state-owned and private
Vucic, 47, was a far-right extremist who toned down his rhetoric and founded the Serbian Progressive Party in 2008, moving to Serbia's centre-right, which was largely unoccupied at that time.
Starting as a pro-Russia opponent of the
European Union, he turned into a proponent of Serbia's EU membership bid, though he did not abandon close ties with
During three years as prime minister, Vucic repeatedly said that EU membership is Serbia's "strategic goal".
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