A Parody Politician Is Currently In Second Place In Serbian Elections
Would you rather vote for a fake candidate than a real one?
Ljubisa Beli Preletacevic, or Beli (Serbian for "white") for short, is a fictional sleazy political character created by communications student Luka Maksimovic, but he already won 12 seats in the local assembly of the small town of Mladenovac last year, and he's currently got his eyes on the presidency of Serbia.
While he's projected to only win about 11% of the national vote, he is currently the second place candidate behind populist Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. When asked to comment on his character, Beli, Maksimovic said:
There is definitely something wrong in this country if an unreal person can turn on the crowds in such a way.
According to Serbian polling expert Srdjan Bogosavljevic:
A lot of people, particularly the young, want to express their disgust with politics. That disgust has found a response in a candidate who says he will get rich and steal, thus sending a message that politics is a lie.
But now, what we want to know is...