Serbian Rightists Want Capital Moved From Belgrade

Placards "Novi Sad capital of Vojvodina" in Novi Sad. Photo: Serbian League

The far-right Serbian League says Serbia's northern city of Novi Sad should become the capital of the country, instead of Belgrade.

Serbian League head Aleksandar Djurdjev, told BIRN that his movement sought the the "decentralization of Serbia.

"We demand the rationalization of the state administration, the dislocation of a number of ministries and state institutions and the proclamation of Novi Sad as the new capital of Serbia," he said.

The official page of the Serbian League says the movement advocates "patriotic political integration following the tradition of European and Serbian conservatism", and it believes that "traditionalism and Christianity are inexhaustible sources of the best that our civilization has accomplished".

The movement also promotes a policy of "national identity" through "a state of the Serbian population".

Members of the movement have put up numerous posters and billboards to promote the new campaign around Novi Sad.

According to Djurdjev, the campaign not only urges moving the capital to Novi Sad, but also the transfer of ministries to other Serbian cities.

"In the context of the new state administration organization, in which all autonomous areas would be abolished, and [because of the] the rich Serbian historical heritage that exists in the areas north of the Sava and the Danube [Rivers], we consider it appropriate that Novi Sad be declared the new capital of Serbia," Djurdjev explained.

The status of Novi Sad has been a matter of dispute for some time. It is both the largest city of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and Serbia's second city.

The Statute of Vojvodina, which Vojvodina's assembly adopted in 2009, named Novi Sad as Vojvodina's capital. ...

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