Seselj shakes up Serbian politics after ICTY release for cancer treatment

19 November 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

Vojislav Seselj returned to Serbia last week after the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) released the Serb nationalist politician on health grounds in a controversial ruling that sought no assurances from the accused.

Seselj is ill with reported colon cancer and, according to the judges’ decision, his condition has deteriorated recently. Serbian press says he needs chemotherapy and reports the cancer has spread to his liver. The ICTY said he was returned to Serbia to undergo medical treatment. 

But Seselj – who got a rockstar’s welcome from thousands of screaming fans at the airport – made it clear his priorities lie elsewhere. He told followers of an immediate campaign to oust former closest allies President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, both of whom left Seselj’s Radical Party to form a pro-EU nationalist party, which won the last elections. He dismissed the pair as “traitors... [who] sold our honour and gave up Serb nationalism to become servants of the West,” according to news site Balkan Insight.

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