Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said the country will hold early parliamentary elections amid ongoing protests after two incidents involving firearms.
He said it was clear that early parliamentary elections would be held, but did not name a date.
After Prime Minister Ana Brnabic resigns from the assembly, he said, he must hand over the mandate to someone else within the next 30 days.
“This means that we are going to dissolve the Serbian parliament soon because there are deadlines,” Vučić said.
“When it is established that there is no majority in the Assembly of Serbia, if there is none, then it is possible for someone else to make the majority, if it turns out that this is impossible, because if Ana Brnabic resigns, the Serbian Progressive Party will not want a new mandate , It’s clear”.
Early elections mean that voters will come to the polls for the third time in four years.
Vučić and the government have been under pressure in recent weeks following two mass shootings in the capital, Belgrade.
Thousands of people took to the streets demanding Vučić’s resignation.
Opposition protesters are demanding the resignation of high-ranking government officials and the revocation of broadcast licenses from two pro-government television stations that they say promote violence and glorify crime bosses.
A new protest is scheduled for this weekend, which is an increasing challenge for Vučić, perhaps the biggest he has faced since taking power 11 years ago.
Two shootings on May 3 and 4 stunned the nation because the first took place at an elementary school in central Belgrade when a 13-year-old boy took his father’s gun and opened fire on his classmates. Eight students and a school security guard were killed, and seven others were injured. Another girl later died in the hospital from a head wound.
A day later, a 20-year-old used automatic weapons to randomly attack people in two villages south of Belgrade, killing eight people and injuring 14.