Serbian President Asks Prime Minister Brnabic To Form New Government


Serbia’s president has tapped Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to head the country’s next cabinet.

At a press conference in Belgrade on August 27, President Aleksandar Vucic said the decision was “complex.”

He added that Brnabic will not serve a full four-year term because there will be unspecified changes to the government in 2024.

Brnabic “now has important tasks,” Vucic said.

“It is important that she remains prime minister so that we can continue to solve problems,” Vucic said.

Brnabic, who is the deputy head of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), became the first woman and the first openly gay person to hold the premiership when Vucic gave her her first mandate in 2017.

Brnabic must now submit a proposed cabinet to the parliament for approval. The SNS and its traditional partner, the Socialist Party of Serbia, hold a majority in the legislature.

Vucic also picked Novi Sad Mayor Milos Vucevic to be a deputy prime minister. He said SNS head Ivica Dacic will also serve as a deputy prime minister and will oversee the security services.