Serbia: Composition of new absolute majority gov’t with cooperation of SNS with SPS, JS, SPAS, to be announced on Sunday

Serbia: Composition of new absolute majority gov’t with cooperation of SNS with SPS, JS, SPAS, to be announced on Sunday

Serbian President and leader of the majority Progressive Party (SNS) Aleksandar Vučić postponed the announcement of the new government in Serbia to Sunday.

The Serbian President, following the SNS presidency session, refrained from disclosing the composition of the new Council of Ministers, which, as he said, will be revealed on Sunday at the new SNS Presidency Session.

However, Aleksandar Vučić gave the outline of the team that will lead Serbia with him in the next period, which, however, will last no longer than one and a half years, as he set out the government’s term until April 2022.

The first information provided by Vučić referred to the duration of the new Government, which will act until April 2022 at the latest.

This practically means that Serbia will hold general elections in 2022 at all levels: presidential, parliamentary, local and municipal.

Speaking about the mandate of the new government, Vučić said that “this will be a reform government at a difficult time. That is why it is of limited duration, so that no one relaxes. This is a mock test for what is to come”.

He also clarified that the composition of the new government and the formation of the Serbian Assembly could be completed by Wednesday, when the future Serbian Prime Minister will present her report.

According to the new government, it will have two or three new ministries, while “representatives of national minorities will be significantly present in the positions of state secretaries and directors of public companies”.

The Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), which has been in a coalition with the Progressives since 2012, seems to have won less in the new distribution compared to what it held so far.

There are two reasons for that; the first one is the result of the elections, according to which the SNS won the absolute majority while the SPS lost ground from the previous elections; the second is that another new partner is included in the government, and that is Aleksandar Ćapić’s SPAS.

Although it remains unknown which Ministries the Socialist Party will have, it has been announced that Ivica Dačić will leave the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and lead the National Assembly, after two terms in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one in the Ministry of Interior.

“We must also show human correctness and not tell them that we do not need them. We do not need socialists in the way we used to, but we have achieved good results together”, Vučić said.

Speaking about working with the SPS, Vučić said the cooperation would continue, but in a “slightly changed form”.

“For any state-building policy, I am honored to be the head of the highest body of representation and the holder of constitutional and legislative power in the Republic of Serbia”, Dačić said after Vučić announced his new position.

With the entry of the SPS and the SPAS into the new government, the Serbian National Assembly was basically left without any opposition. More specifically, the opposition could only comprise a few representatives of the minority parties, but there will certainly be no more than a dozen of them.

According to the final results of the parliamentary elections held in June this year, the SNS won the absolute majority with 188 deputies, which means that they did not need anyone to form a government.

However, the Progressives decided to continue their cooperation with those with whom they formed a coalition so far, so that the SPS join them with 32 deputies, but also the “new player” of SPAS with their 11 deputies. In total, these three parties will be counting 231 deputies, which accounts not only a two-thirds majority, but for much more than that. With such a comfortable advantage, the overwhelming majority is able to implement almost everything, even the change of the Constitution.

However, the minority parties must be added to the number of these MPs, mainly the SVM Istvan Pastor, who won nine seats in the elections and was also a partner of the SNS coalition. Judging by what has been said so far, this cooperation will continue and the majority in parliament “rises” to 240.

Therefore, among those who have entered parliament, there will be ten more members of minority parties (SAA with four, SDA and Albanian Democratic Alternative with three each) who, as it still remains unknown, could either join the ruling majority or remain in opposition.

The President of Serbia also revealed another change in the new government of Serbia, as Nebojsa Stefanovic will no longer be Minister of Police. However, this does not mean that he will not join the government in any way.

Speaking about the new ministers and the composition of the government, he said there were three or four more dilemmas pending and that everything would be resolved on Sunday.

Regarding co-operation with the SPAS, Vučić said that they had easily agreed to co-operate with Šapić and that the SPAS will have a minister in the new government. /ibna