Serbia

New government sworn in


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Serbia’s new government was finally sworn in at lunchtime today after a period of nearly three months since the 5th May elections.

The new coalition government will comprise the three main parties, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) and the United Regions of Serbia (URS) as well as the junior parties in their respective alliances, including Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS), Social Democratic Party of Serbia (SDPS), New Serbia (NS) and Party of Democratic Action of Sandžak (PDAS).

The new Prime Minister, Ivica Dačić, and a smaller than previous Cabinet of 17 Ministries and 19 Cabinet members was elected by 142 votes for, 72 against and 26 abstentions in the 250 seat National Assembly.

B92, the Serbian online news agency lists the new Cabinet as follows (brackets denote party):

Ivica Dačić (SPS) Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior
Aleksandar Vučić (SNS) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
Suzana Grubješić (URS) Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Union Integration
and Minister without Portfolio
Jovan Krkobabić (PUPS) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Labour and Social Policy
Rasim Ljajić (SDPS) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and Domestic Trade,
Telecommunications and Information Society
Ivan Mrkić (Ind) Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nikola Selaković (SNS) Minister of Justice
Zorana Mihajlović (SNS) Minister of Energy, Development and Environment Protection
Milan Bačević (SNS) Minister of Mining, Natural Resources and Spatial Planning
Goran Knežević (SNS) Minister of Agriculture
Bratislav Petković (SNS) Minister of Culture and Media
Alisa Marić (Ind) Minister of Sport
Velimir Ilić (NS) Minister of Civil Engineering and Urbanism
Slavica Đukić-Dejanović (SPS) Minister of Health
Milutin Mrkonjić (SPS) Minister of Transport
Žarko Obradović (SPS) Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development
Mlađan Dinkić (URS) Minister of Finance and Economy
Verica Kalanović (URS) Minister of Regional Development, State Administration and
Local Self-Government
Sulejman Ugljanin (PDAS) Minister without portfolio and Head of the Office for Sustainable Development

The first Cabinet meeting was due to take place at 1500 this afternoon.

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