BELGRADE (Sputnik) — Nikolic did not rule out running for a second term in this year’s presidential election but hinted at arrangements with Vucic, the co-founder of his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).
"I can tell you we had two scenarios in mind: the first one was me running for president with his backing, while the second involved him standing for presidency and me backing him on condition that I come back as SNS leader and receive a mandate to form a new government," Nikolic said.
Nikolic has lost support of the ruling SNS party since he became president of Serbia in 2012 and handed over the party’s leadership to his close ally Vucic.
Earlier in the day, the conservatives nominated Vucic as their candidate for this year’s presidential election. But the sitting president said Vucic had previously offered working together.
The date of the Serbian presidential election has not been officially announced yet, but it could reportedly be held on April 9, 2017.