New government sworn in
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|
|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.