BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's coalition government has dismissed the opposition's call for an early election.
The request came after local media reported that when Prime Minister Ivica Dacic was serving as Serbia's interior minister in 2008 and 2009 he met with Misa Radulovic, an aide to fugitive drug lord Darko Saric.
Radulovic was later charged with drug smuggling himself and fled from Serbia. Dacic has admitted meeting with Radulovic but said he knew nothing of the man's criminal links at the time. The prime minister's 6-month-old coalition government issued a statement Monday saying no one will be protected in Serbia's fight against crime and corruption. But top government officials said there is no need for an early election.