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Serbs go to poll to vote for constitutional amendment

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Voting focuses on changes in the elections of judges and prosecutors, who say the authorities aim to boost their independence in the country.

Serbian Prime Minister Anna Brunavic will vote in a referendum on a constitutional change that states that the government will strengthen the independence of the country’s judiciary. (AFP)

Serbia held a referendum on constitutional amendments, which the populist government says are necessary for the Balkans to move forward to join the European Union.

Sunday’s vote focuses on changes in the elections of judges and prosecutors, officials say, aimed at promoting independence in countries where the judiciary is corrupt and widely regarded as politically controlled. I’m guessing.

The referendum is welcomed by the United States, the European Union, and some Western countries as a step in the right direction.

But family critics say the changes are inadequate.

Some opposition parties and independent experts also claim that the referendum was organized early in the elections scheduled for early April, in a generally undemocratic atmosphere.

About 6.5 million Serbian citizens were eligible to vote in the referendum. A simple majority of those who are found determine the outcome.

Official results were expected on Monday.

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Dozens of Serbs have protested the ban on ethnic Serbs who vote for Kosovo in a Serbian referendum on constitutional amendment.

Dozens of Serbs have protested the ban on ethnic Serbs who vote for Kosovo in a Serbian referendum on constitutional amendment. (Bojan Slavkovic / AP)

Serbs in Kosovo protest

President Alexander Vucci’s government has been accused of curbing democratic freedom, but they have denied it.

Vucic and other officials on Sunday urged voters to support the amendment and help the country move forward.

The government urges Serbian minorities (formerly Serbian states that declared independence in 2008) to come to a town near Serbia to cast a ballot after Kosovo authorities refused to open a polling place. did.

Dozens of Kosovo Serbs protested on Sunday in northern Kosovo, which is dominated by Serbs. No incidents have been reported.

Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, which has been supported by the United States and most EU countries.

Serbia and Kosovo need to normalize their relationship so that they can move forward towards EU accession.

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Source: AP

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