Members of new government pledge to preserve Kosovo-Metohija within the Republic of Serbia
ANKARA – Alexander Vucic, the new Serbian Prime Minister and members of government were sworn in on Sunday after a vote of confidence by the Serbian new elected members of Parliament.
198 members out of the 250 seat parliament voted in favor of the new government, with just 23 voting against, Tanjug (Serbian news agency) reported.
"I pledge to be loyal to the Republic of Serbia and promise with my honor to obey the Constitution and laws, and to carry out the duty of a government member conscientiously, responsibly and diligently, committed to preserving Kosovo-Metohija within the Republic of Serbia," was the oath pledged by members of the new government.
The Serbian Progressive Party leader Aleksandar Vucic together with his coalition parties won nearly 48 per cent of the votes in March 16th’s general elections. The new coalition named “The Future We Believe” and led by the Progressive party, won 158 seats of 250 in Serbia's parliament, allowing it to form the government alone, but Vucic opted to form a governing coalition with former Prime Minister Ivica Dacic's Socialist Party of Serbia, who along with their partners have 44 seats.
Vucic, former Minister of Information during the Kosovo War (1998-1999), left the Serbian Radical Party in 2008 and joined the newly formed pro-EU Serbian Progressive Party.
Serbian new government:
Alexander Vucic – Prime Minister
Ivica Dacic - Deputy PM and Foreign Minister
Zorana Mihajlovic – Deputy PM and minister of construction, transport, and infrastructure
Rasim Ljajic – Deputy PM and Minister of trade, telecommunications, and tourism
Kori Udovicki – Deputy PM and Minister of public administration and local self-government
Lazar Krsitc - Minister of Finance
Dusan Vujosevic - Minister of Economy
Snezana Bogosavljevic-Boskovic - Minister of Agriculture
Aleksandar Antic - Minister of Energy and Mining
Nikola Selakovic - Minister of Justice
Srdan Vrbic - Minister of Education, Science, and Technological Development
Zlatibor Loncar - Minister of Health
Ivan Tasovac - Minister of Culture
Aleksandar Vulin - Minister of Labor, Veteran and Social Issues
Vanja Udovicic - Minister of Sport and Youth
Nebojsa Stefanovic - Minister of Interior Affairs
Velimir Ilic and Jadranka Joksimovic - ministers without portfolio in charge of emergency situations and EU integration, respectively.
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