Serbia: Vučič close to deciding on the composition of the new Government

Serbia: Vučič close to deciding on the composition of the new Government

The President of the Serbian Progressive Party and President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučič, seems to be completing the list of those who will participate in the new Cabinet for the next four years without much information so far, except that at least two thirds of the ministers from the previous government will change.

The first round of consultations on the composition of the future government of President Vučić and the representatives of the political parties that entered parliament has been completed, with the participants are keeping the details secret for the time being. According to information, there will be some more talks on this issue, before the completion of the governing coalition.

What has not been a secret for a long time is that most of the ministers will be replaced.

Some no longer deserve to be in the government because they worked illegally, others because they got tired, which is perfectly normal, according to top sources who spoke to “Blic”.

According to sources quoted by Blic, Vučić is working carefully on the selection of future ministers, that he had several proposals for each of the departments and that he is slowly completing the list.

According to him, “there is still time and a few more posts to close. In the second half of August, everything will be known”.

According to the information so far, the Minister of Sports Vanja Udovičić, the Minister of Police Nebojša Stefanović, the Minister of Economy Goran Knežević, the Minister of Culture Vladan Vukosavljević, the Minister of Environment Goran Trivan, the Minister of Justice Nela Kuburović, Minister of Education Mladen Šarčević, the Minister for European Affairs and EU accession Jadranka Joksimović, and the Minister without Portfolio Slavica Đukić Dejanović, are expected to step down from their Ministries. Trade and Tourism Minister Rasim Ljajić said earlier that he would no longer head any ministry, while Energy and Public Administration Ministers Aleksandar Antić and Branko Ružić speculated that they could take over other ministries.

At the moment, it is almost a certainty that the Minister of Construction and Transport Zorana Mihajlovi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić, the Minister of Finance Siniša Mali and the Minister of Agriculture Branislav Nedimović will remain in the Government.

In addition, there is a good chance that Ana Brnabić will remain head of government for another term, because according to Vučić, she did a good job. According to Blic’s interlocutor, Brnabić stood out especially during the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The list posted on social media, which highlights the current Governor of the Bank of Serbia, Jorgovanka Tabaković, as a candidate for Prime Minister, has nothing to do with the truth and there was never such a plan, according to Blic.

The same information states that Ivica Dačić and Aleksandar Vučić have agreed to remain partners in the next Government, with perhaps fewer Ministries for the Socialists.

It is unknown at this time what kind of agreement Vučić will make with the Serbian Patriotic Union, and both sides appeared skeptical after the meeting.

What remains is to see if and what positions in the next government will be occupied by minority parties./ibna