Vote for the cabbage roll party! | Comedy party on the rise in Serbia

Vote for the cabbage roll party!

Comedy party on the rise in Serbia

Punching Up A comedian is set to hoover up votes in Serbia's forthcoming presidential election.

Ljubisa Beli Preletacevic set up his party Sarmu Probo Nisi â€" which translates as 'you haven't tasted the stuffed cabbage roll' â€" as a satirical move, but it has been gathering pace.

Now his party is predicted to take 11 per cent of votes in Sunday's poll â€" making him a second favourite after sitting Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

His name, usually shortened to Beli, means 'the guy in white who switches his beliefs for political gain' as he always wears a white suit.

Beli's campaign videos portray him as a parodic strongman, doing push-ups, sucking on raw eggs and artificially inseminating a cow.

In an interview with the BBC he said: 'The best way to show unhappiness is with satire and humour. The people of power don't know who to react to this. So the best way - to be honest. And to lie.'

His campaign policies inlcude moving the sea to land-locked Serbia 'because we need a beach' and has vowed: 'There will be no corruption â€" excluding my own, of course. Please send all money directly to my pockets.'

His campaign, which has struck a particular cord with younger voters, is seen as a product of the disenfranchisement that has seen the rise of right-wing populaist parties across Europe, but far less toxic.

Here's a report from America's NPR about the rise of the self-proclaimed 'most beautiful candidate in Serbia'.

And here he is in a BBC interview:

Published: 4 Apr 2017

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