Travelers in Serbia have been banned from staying in hotels, while authorities in the Balkan nation have said they will not allow visitors to stay at their popular tourist destinations.
The ban, announced late on Friday, came amid a national election that is due in March, in which the center-right candidate, Miro Cerar, is leading his ruling party.
Serbia has been hit by a series of political scandals since Cerar won power in 2016.
The government said it would extend the ban to hotels until April 25.
“As we are dealing with several issues, we cannot go ahead with the hotel ban and we are not going to let our guests stay in hotel rooms,” Interior Minister Ivan Vucic said in a televised address.
Vucic called for an end to the protests that erupted in 2016 over Cerar’s ruling party’s controversial policies.
“The state is not going forward with any decision on the hotel issue,” he said.
Vučic, who has not said whether he will run for the presidency in 2019, is widely expected to face off against opposition candidate Nikola Gruevski in the election.
Cerar said on Friday that he will not accept a deal to reopen the country’s economy, in return for a solution to the political crisis.
“We are not talking about a solution here.
We are talking about our economy and our economy has a lot of problems, but the main issue is that we need to solve the political problems in Serbia,” he told reporters.
He also warned that the government will not make any concessions to the opposition in the coming days, if the protests continue.
The protests in 2016, which resulted in the deaths of two opposition leaders and hundreds of people, have been largely overshadowed by Cerar.
The center-left party has since been in power since 2000, but Cerar has ruled the country with an iron fist.