Progressives to create ruling coalition with Dacic

Progressives to create ruling coalition with Dacic


By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade

After Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) Presidency meeting was held, the names of the future government members are “certain”, serbian media reported today.

SNS would form the new cabinet with Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) coalition and the Alliance of Hungarians in Vojvodina (SVM); the government would be consisted of 17 ministers, including five experts, “Vecernje novosti” daily states.

On March 16 elections SNS won a landslide victory securing 158 out of 250 Members of Parliament. However, party leader and Prime Minister candidate Aleksandar Vucic decided to create a coalition. Vucic is Deputy PM in the outgoing government led by SPS head Ivica Dacic. Now and then tense relations between SNS and SPS were considered to be among the reasons March early elections had been called.

Earlier this week SNS Presidency approved Vuci’s suggestion SVM to be the member of ruling coalition. The negotiations on technical details between SNS and Ivica Dacic “will be continued, but it is almost certain that SPS coalition will be part of ruling majority”, “Vecernje novosti”emphasized. SPS coalition includes Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS) and United Serbia.

“The cabinet will be appointed up to April 27 and will be consisted of 17 members at most. Serbia will have small, modern and efficient government”, Vucic said on Monday. “Today it seems probable that Dacic will be member of the cabinet”, he explained at the media conference; Vucic added he has learned acting PM’s “wishes” from the media. SNS will wait and see whether Dacic would accept its offer, Vucic said.

“Politika” daily reported that Dacic would be appointed for Foreign Minister. In March elections, his SPS was second ranking party with 44 MP’s.

Vucic also had discussions with Boris Tadic, former Serbian President and New Democratic Party (NDS) leader. Tadic, however, told Vucic he cannot be in the same team with Dacic.  Vucic said he would propose Parliament president rotation on a one-year basis in order for opposition to “get the opportunity” to take the position.