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Yearbook 2017

Serbia. In the April 2 presidential election, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić won with 55% of the vote; in second place came Saša Janković with just over 16%. While the presidential post is largely ceremonial, many fear that Vučić will become increasingly authoritarian. Some weeks after the election, Vučić was accused of electoral fraud by Janković.

2017 Serbia

At the beginning of the year, a minor conflict arose between Kosovo and Serbia. According to Countryaah.com, a Serbian train, painted with the slogan "Kosovo is Serbian", was stopped on January 16 from crossing to Kosovo. Kosovo President Hashim Thaši was similar to the provocation of the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Serbia's then President Tomislav Nikolić said a group of Kosovo Albanians planned to attack the train and accused Kosovo of escalating the conflict.

In June, Ana Brnabić was named prime minister. She thus became Serbia's first female prime minister, as well as the country's first openly gay. In September, she participated in the Pride train along the streets of the capital Belgrade.

In November, Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladić was sentenced to life imprisonment by the UN Tribunal in The Hague (International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, ICTY). He was convicted of, among other things, genocide and crimes against humanity (for example, the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica and the four-year siege of Sarajevo).

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